Another I-35W closure will make travel tough this weekend

And things will likely be just as bad when it reopens on Monday.
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For the second time in three weekends, I-35W will be closed between Hwy. 62 and I-94 in south Minneapolis.

This time, the closure is in place so that the 24th Street pedestrian bridge (the one where every takes pictures of downtown) is demolished.

It'll mean the northbound lanes will be completely closed between Hwy. 62 and downtown, while the southbound lanes will only be open between the 46th Street ramp and Hwy. 62.

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What's more, there are most closures happening this weekend and on Monday that will cause headaches for travelers not just over a few days, but for the next several years.

These include:

– The I-35W southbound ramp to 35th Street closes at 10 p.m. Friday and won't be re-opening until fall 2020. Traffic is being detoured via 46th Street.

– On Monday, I-35W northbound is reduced to three lanes between 43rd Street and 31st Street – one of them a MnPASS lane – and between 31st and I-94 it'll be three lanes open to everyone. This will stay in place till fall 2021.

– Also on Monday, I-35W southbound will be down to 2 lanes between I-94 and 43rd Street, also until 2021.

– I-94 westbound between Chicago Avenue and Nicollet Avenue will be down to two lanes for four months.

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That's not to mention all the other closures already in place, such as the Franklin Avenue bridge, and the ramp from I-35W northbound to I-94 west, and the I-94 west ramp to I-35W south.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is amidst a major reconstruction of the I-94 and I-35W interchange, that should improve traffic flow by the time it's completed.

In the meantime, you might want to dust off you old bike for the summer.

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