2018 35W@94 Construction Recap

The 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project had a big year in 2018. MnDOT and its partners successfully rebuilt five bridges, reconfigured parts of I-35W, and completed other work along that stretch of the highway. In this post, we want to recap some of the highlights.

While the project started in 2017, much of the major construction began in 2018. Bridges were demolished, lanes reduced, and ramps closed. But before the dust settled, construction crews were already hard at work rebuilding. The Franklin Avenue, 26th Street and 38thStreet bridges were all completed. We even hosted a dinner for the community on one bridge!

As part of the project, the highway where I-35W and I-94 come together, referred to as the “Commons” is being reconstructed and reconfigured. I-35W southbound now travels underneath the I-35W exits and entrances to downtown just north of Franklin Ave. To accomplish this, a new tunnel-like bridge was constructed.

With the completion of the bridge, the 35W exits to downtown partially reopened this past fall.

In addition, many ramps were reconstructed and reopened, including 4th Avenue/16th Street to I-94, 5thAve to I-94, I-94 to 11th Street. Also, don’t forget all the new pavement, noise walls, and utilities.

Overall, the reconstruction of much of I-35W south of downtown Minneapolis has remained on schedule and on budget, all while keeping the highway open to traffic. Much of this is because of the hard work of MnDOT staff, the construction contractors and our partners.

To see all that was completed this year check out the drone footage of the entire project here. And remember to stay tuned to our blog and website! This year will be filled with events and project updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.