MnDOT I-35W/Lake Street project set to begin in August, open house scheduled August 17

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin work in mid to late August on a multi-year reconstruction of I-35W between 42nd Street and downtown Minneapolis. As some of this work may impact similar routes as the Portland and Cedar Avenue greenway bridges work, we want to help you track the project and plan ahead.

MnDOT open house:

Thursday, August 17
5-7 pm
Hope Community’s Children’s Village Center building
611 East Franklin Avenue

Project information

This multi-year project begins in 2017 with work on the Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 and Franklin Avenue bridge over I-35W. For the first six to eight weeks, the Portland Avenue bridge and the I-94 exit ramp to 11th Street will be closed.

The Franklin Avenue bridge work that starts this fall will continue through spring and require closing Franklin Avenue between Clinton and Portland avenues. Additionally, 4th and 5th avenues between 22nd Street and I-94 (18th Street) will be closed and reconstructed while the Franklin bridge is closed.

Detours are still being finalized and Hennepin County staff are working with MnDOT staff to coordinate routes to keep traffic moving through the area as efficiently as possible.

The full reconstruction project, which is expected to be complete in 2021, will include better transit connections with a modern transit station at I-35W and Lake Street, and improved connections to Lake Street. Other project features include:

  • Improving traffic flow and congestion
  • Enhancing mobility for all road users
  • Better accessibility and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on local streets
  • Improving the life, safety and sustainability of the road with new pavement

Hennepin County, MnDOT, Metro Transit and the City of Minneapolis have been in active communication to keep the public informed of construction activities and resources. There is also active ongoing outreach and ways to contact the project with any questions.

Visit the MnDOT project website to learn more

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