2019 35W@94 Construction Recap
The 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project is moving along and 2019 saw many parts of the project completed or begun. MnDOT and our partners turned the corner last year and successfully rebuilt five bridges, paved multiple miles of highway, and began work on the new Lake Street Transit Center. In this post, we want to recap some of the highlights.
Five bridges were rebuilt during the past year. The 28th St. Bridge over I-35W, an important connection for the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods, reopened in June. The 40th St. pedestrian bridge, which provides access to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, was completed and opened in October. Artwork will eventually adorn the bridges, when it is installed later this year. Three bridges on I-35W were also rebuilt. These included the southbound bridges over the Midtown Greenway, Lake Street, and 31st Street.
The completion of the I-35W bridges allows workers to begin construction on one of the major benefits of the project, the Lake Street Transit Center. The transit station will sit on a bridge between the northbound and southbound bridges over Lake Street. Transit users will access it from street level (similar to the I-35W/46thStreet. station). Once complete, the Orange Line bus rapid transit will begin operating along I-35W, providing easy, fast and comfortable transit access from Burnsville to downtown Minneapolis.
Finally, the construction crews have worked diligently to rebuild large sections of the freeway with new concrete. This includes new ramps into downtown north of I-94.
In 2020, we hope to complete more major project elements once the construction season begins in spring. The bridge for the Lake Street Transit Station will be completed and the actual construction of the station atop it will start. Reconstruction of Lake Street between Fifth Avenue and Blaisdell will also begin in 2020. And of course, the rebuilding of I-35W continues.
To see construction progress this year, check out the drone footage of the entire project here or our construction webcams here. And remember to stay tuned to our blog and website throughout 2020. The year will be filled with events and more project updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.