Water drainage project will add to Interstate 35W slowdowns in Minneapolis

A sketch of the six drainage tanks to be installed beneath I-35W in south Minneapolis. 

A sketch of the six drainage tanks to be installed beneath I-35W in south Minneapolis. 

Lane reductions resulting in bottlenecks on Interstate 35W in south Minneapolis will only get worse in the coming weeks as a new project will add to the travel headaches. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Thursday that starting next week, "crews will begin constructing a retaining wall and six underground drainage tanks between 40th & 42nd Street to improve drainage on I-35W in Minneapolis."

The work will result in occasional lane closures on northbound I-35W. 

That area is already the general beginning point of a bottleneck that tends to flow better once motorists get north of Lake Street, so this construction will create more congestion. 

It's all part of the downtown to crosstown project between Hwy. 62 to the south and I-35W at I-94 to the north. 

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Speaking of closures, both directions of I-35W between Hwy. 62 and I-94 will be reduced to a single lane from 8 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. 

Additionally, the ramp from 3rd St. to I-35W closed Tuesday, Aug. 13, and won't reopen until Tuesday, Aug. 20. 

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