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Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   2 Ramps to I-94 west, access to Whitney pedestrian bridge close Monday

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation resumes work on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on Monday, April 23 with closures that will affect motorists, walkers and bicyclists.

Two highway ramps to westbound I-94 in Minneapolis are scheduled to close at 12:01 a.m., Monday - the ramp from eastbound I-394 to westbound I-94, and the ramp from northbound Lyndale Avenue South to westbound I-94. The ramps are expected to be closed about two months.

The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, the pedestrian bridge over I-94 between the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park, also closes for repairs April 23.

In addition, starting April 24, motorists should expect some day and nighttime lane closures on I-94 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and off-peak lane closures on Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue while crews complete bridge repairs.

Painting the bridge will require three weekend closures in May of I-94 from I-35W to I-394 and of Hennepin and Lyndale avenues. Restoring the bridge’s wooden deck could continue into August.

MnDOT has set detours for all closures:

  • For the I-394 east ramp to westbound I-94, motorists can take northbound Highway 100, before the I-394/I-94 junction, to eastbound Highway 55, to northbound Lyndale Avenue and then to the westbound I-94 entrance ramp. Access from eastbound I-394 to eastbound I-94 remains open.
  • For the northbound Lyndale Avenue South ramp to westbound I-94 closure, continue north onto Lyndale Avenue North and use the westbound I-94 entrance ramp just north of Seventh Street. Access from Lyndale Avenue South to westbound I-394 remains open.
  • During the bridge closure, pedestrians and bicyclists can cross Lyndale Avenue at the Oak Grove Street/Vineland Place intersection.

I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center is a maintenance and restoration project for a nine-mile stretch of I-94 between Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn
Center. In 2017, MnDOT resurfaced nine miles of freeway and repaired almost 50 bridges and the Lowry Tunnel. 2018 is the second and final year of the project.


4/20/2018 1:40 PM (Updated 4/20/2018 1:42 PM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Interstate 35 traffic Switch and Long-term Lane Closures Expected to begin April 23

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Beginning Monday, April 23, motorists traveling Interstate 35 between Highway 97 and Highway 8 in Columbus and Forest Lake will encounter lane closures and traffic shifts as crews prepare the road for resurfacing.

The following lane restrictions are currently anticipated:

  • Starting April 23: Periodic lane closures and traffic shifts for approximately one week in both directions of I-35 between Highway 8 and Highway 97. All lanes will be open during peak travel times between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. on southbound I-35, and between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on northbound I-35.

Crews will be working overnight Friday, April 27, to complete the traffic switch. Once completed, northbound I-35 will be restricted to two lanes for approximately four months as crews resurface the northbound lanes. Southbound I-35 will continue to have three lanes available. All ramps in the area will remain open; however, Highway 8 eastbound ramp will close in May for approximately two weeks. Traffic will be switched again to allow crews to resurface the southbound lanes in early August.

Traffic delays and backups are expected throughout the course of the two-year project. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The work is part of the I-35 North Metro Split project, which includes resurfacing the existing pavement from the I-35W/I-35E split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange; replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at

4/20/2018 2:18 PM (Updated 4/20/2018 2:18 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Daytime Full Closure of Jefferson Street Bridge in Joliet

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a daytime full closure will take place on Jefferson Street (eastbound U.S. 30) over the Des Plaines River, in Joliet, weather permitting, Tuesday, April 24. The bridge closure is necessary for crews to prepare for a bridge repair project.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Jefferson Street bridge over the Des Plaines River will be fully closed to vehicles and pedestrians. A posted detour will direct traffic to south on Raynor Avenue (U.S. 52), east on McDonough Street (U.S. 52), and north on Chicago Street (Illinois 53) to meet back with eastbound U.S. 30. The bridge closure will not impact marine traffic.

The Jefferson Street bridge will reopen to traffic by 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

4/18/2018 1:36 PM (Updated 4/18/2018 1:36 PM)
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