Work on the massive Interstate 35W project in the Twin Cities will force a closure of the freeway this weekend.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes of I-35W will be closed between Highway 62 and Interstate 94 from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.
The southbound lanes will be also closed between I-94 and Highway 62, but for a shorter time – from 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.
Motorists will be detoured using Highway 62, Highway 100, and Interstate 394, MnDOT says.
During this closure, crews will be working 24 hours a day to finish some "miscellaneous work" throughout the project, including paving, overhead sign installation, moving barriers and making utility connections, MnDOT says.
MnDOT will also reduce the northbound I-35W lanes to two between 46th Street and I-94 from 9 am. Friday, Oct. 2, through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, so crews can prepare for the concrete paving and time for it to cure before the barrier is placed on it.
The I-35W project is a $239 million project that began in 2017 and is expected to be finished in the fall of 2021, with the goal of reducing congestion in the heavily traveled area, according to the project website. The project includes rebuilding 11 bridges and repairing four others, installing new concrete on the 50-year-old freeway, installing new ramps, building MnPASS lanes and installing new pedestrian bridges.