Major closure coming to I-35W in Minneapolis this weekend

A 5-mile stretch will close in both directions.

Travelers in the Twin Cities can expect disruption this weekend thanks to a major closure on I-35W in south Minneapolis.

The interstate will close both directions between I-94 and the crosstown Hwy. 62 starting 10 p.m. Friday and lasting till 5 a.m. Monday.

There is also an overnight closure planned this Thursday at 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Friday.

There will be nonstop construction on the interstate as crews try to get the required work done in time to re-open Monday, with residents living on either side of I-35W told to expect construction noise.

The closure is necessary so MnDOT can shift traffic to new lanes as it prepares to start work on northbound I-35W, as part of its massive reconstruction of the I-35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown project.

Ramp closures will start an hour before the closure of the interstate, with drivers detoured via I-94, I-394, Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 62.

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