We have good news for drivers who have spent the past four years navigating the massive 35W@94 downtown to crosstown reconstruction project: it's set to be finished by this September.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has confirmed to Bring Me The News what was initially reported by Axios: that the $240 million rebuilding project of Minnesota's busiest interchange should be completed around Sept. 9.
Work on the four-year project started in 2017, and it has managed to stay relatively on course to be done by this year despite having to deal with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Over the past four years, construction crews have repaved I-35W from downtown to 46th Street, replaced or repaved numerous ramps and bridges, built new ramps connecting I-35W and I-94, and extended MNPass lanes.
Still left to finish is the new Metro Transit bus station at Lake Street on I-35W, which will be a major interchange for those using the 17-mile Orange Line bus rapid transit between Minneapolis and Burnsville.
Other work still ongoing includes the 24th Street pedestrian bridge, which is scheduled to open next month, utility work and wiring on the northbound lanes of I-35W, and work on new ramps from I-35W south to Lake Street, and I-35W north to 28th Street.
The Lake Street bus station is expected to be completed in September, while the ramps from I-94 east to I-35W south and from I-35W north to I-94 west will open when the project is officially complete.
While September is the target date for full reopening to traffic, MnDOT notes that weather, the availability of materials, and equipment failure still have the potential to delay the project.