Another rainy day did not dampen the excitement of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage employees and Midtown Residents as they explored construction of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project. A bus took attendees on a guided tour of the project area where they got to see construction progress, ask questions and learn about all the benefits of the project.
Erik Baxstrom (MnDOT) began the bus tour with a quick overview on the ride to the site of the new Lake Street Transit Station. Once on site, attendees saw construction up close and heard from Metro Transit Community Outreach Coordinator, Juan Rangel, as he explained how the new facility will increase the speed of bus service along I-35W. The tour continued onto the Franklin Ave Bridge where attendees viewed the progress made at the I-35W/I-94 interchange. MnDOT staff fielded questions about closure timings, future accessibility, and current traffic. (it was pointed out that some cars are using the 35W Southbound entrance from Downtown Minneapolis, even though it is closed except to Metro transit Buses—Stay alert in the work zone and look for traffic directing signs).
As the rain picked up guests were still able to see the new 26thand 28th St Bridges and the new 24th St Pedestrian Bridge near the Wells Fargo Campus. The new bridges increase accessibility and provide a more comfortable environments for pedestrian and bicyclists.
If you or your organization are interested in touring the 35W@94 project and learning about its benefits contact the project team here.