Northern Twin Cities set for 3 years of delays on I-35W

Lane and ramp closures will be rolled out starting Sunday.
Publish date:

Commuters in the north metro can expect 3 years of frustration when a major reconstruction project starts on I-35W.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers can expect delays on the busy interstate between County Road C in Roseville and County Road 53 at Lino Lakes/Blaine starting this Sunday.

The construction project will embark on a 3-year plan to add MnPASS Express lanes to the stretch of road, repave I-35W and ramps, repair bridges over I-35W, and replace the I-35W bridges over County Roads C and I.

The $208 million project will see a MnPASS lane added in each direction between Roseville and Lexington Avenue in Blaine.

For the first week at least, the impact will be minimal, with overnight lane closures in place from Sunday till Apr. 7 on northbound I-35W between County Road E2 and I-694, and both directions between Hwy. 10 and County Road J.

But long-term closures will come into effect on Monday, Apr. 8, when northbound I-35W is reduced to two lanes between County Road C and Mounds View Boulevard.

It will also be reduced to three lanes between Mounds View Boulevard and the northern Hwy. 10 interchange.

I-35W closures

Then in late April to early May, drivers on southbound I-35W between Hwy. 10 and Sunset Avenue will be shifted to the east side of the interstate, with I-35W reducing to two lanes in each direction.

This will extend to the stretch between Hwy. 10 in Mounds View and County Road C in Roseville in mid-to-late May.

These lane closures are expected to be in place until November as the southbound side of I-35W is reconstructed, with lane widths reduced to 11 feet.

Follow Bring Me The News on LinkedIn

There will also be several ramp closures between May and November, including the shutdown of the ramps between I-35W and County Road I in Mounds View.

MnDOT says that when completed, the project will extend the lifespan of I-35W and its bridges, reduce congestion and improve travel times on the road.

Nonetheless, with the project overlapping with the major reconstruction of the I-35W/I-94 interchange in south Minneapolis, it'll mean more headaches for metro area workers for the foreseeable future.

Next Up

police lights

AMBER Alert: Missing 2-year-old found safe

The alert was issued Sunday evening.

Irv Cross

NFL Pro-Bowler, Twin Cities broadcaster Irv Cross dies at 81

Cross was a Pro Bowl cornerback, but his biggest impact was made after his career.


Here's how much snow fell in Minnesota on Sunday

Some localized areas saw more than expected.

Lindsay Guentzel

For The Week: What's harder than making a meal plan? Sticking to it!

Lindsay Guentzel says you shouldn't give up on your meal planning routines.

snow, plow

Winter storm warnings issued as snow system shifts in Minnesota

The worst of the snow will now hit further north, affecting areas including St. Cloud and the I-94 corridor.

Matt Dumba

Matt Dumba beats the clock to give Wild sixth straight win

Dumba scored as overtime came to a close for another Wild victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Bradley Beal terrorizes Timberwolves in loss to Wizards

Beal and the Wizards handed the Wolves their seventh straight defeat.

Marcus Carr / Gopher basketball

Gophers tourney hopes take another blow with loss to Nebraska

Marcus Carr scored a career-high 41 points, but Minnesota is still winless on the road.


Stretch of I-35W to close in Twin Cities this weekend

MnDOT will be carrying out resurfacing work and ramp repairs.

I-35W to shut down again – but it's the last time this year

It's the latest of a growing number of weekend closures on the busy interstate.

Closures on I-694 and I-494 expected to cause delays this weekend

The closures will affect the north and the south metro.

Busy I-35W exit ramp to close for a month starting Monday

The 46th Street ramp is well-used by south Minneapolis residents.

Here comes another I-35W weekend closure

The same 15-mile stretch as last weekend closes Friday night.

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.22.16 AM

Chlorine spill briefly shuts down southbound I-35W in Minneapolis

One lane has re-opened, but the cleanup continues.

Weekend roadwork could make for big delays in the Twin Cities

Be mindful of where work is being done and consider alternate routes.