Jun 21, 2021 - News
Minneapolis' long 35W headache is almost over
A dug-up road closed off Minneapolis' Interstate 35W, which has been under construction since 2017.
Interstate 35W in Minneapolis has been under construction since 2017. Photo: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images

The [email protected] project that has whitened knuckles in Minneapolis for the past four years is coming to an end, likely around Sept. 9, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation spokesman Dave Aeikens.

Driving the news: MnDOT has long said the $239 million project would end in the fall of 2021. The good news is the completion is coming as a wave of workers who have been working remotely will return to their offices.

  • The project has largely stayed on schedule despite the pandemic and riots around the Lake Street portion.

Yes, but: There will still be some landscaping and touch-up work, but nothing that will cause major closures or lane reductions, Aeikens said.

The bottom line: The project replaced 11 aging bridges and will improve access to Lake Street, including a much desired exit for southbound traffic on 35W. Several new design features will reduce congestion, Aeikens said.

  • The project includes a new transit station that will also open this fall and eventually serve the Orange Line rapid bus line that runs from Burnsville to downtown.
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