NEW: ENVIROMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
The Environmental Assessment document is available for public review and comment. Written comments may be sent by email or by U.S. mail (postmarked by April 27, 2016) to:
Minnesota Department of Transportation
1500 West County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113
Two public open houses will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Colin Powell Center, 2924 – 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis. There will be a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at both meetings. A court reporter will be available to record verbal comments, and comment cards will be available for people who wish to provide comments. Interpreters will be available for those who speak Spanish, Somali or Hmong. Staff from MnDOT, Hennepin County, Metro Transit and the City of Minneapolis will be available to answer questions.
Bus service is available on Metro Transits Routes 11, 21 and 53.
Review the Environmental Assessment document for more information.
Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are working on several projects in the vicinity of I-35W and Lake Street. These projects include the following.
This website provides information about the I-35W Transit/Access project and some limited information about related projects. Go to www.dot.state.mn.us for more information other MnDOT projects.
A Project Advisory Committee made up of community representatives appointed by the Hennepin County Board and the Minneapolis City Council provides advice to the technical team and policy makers on the project.
I-35W Transit/Access Project (32nd Street to 26th Street)
Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit and MnDOT are planning the I-35W Transit/Access project in Minneapolis, which includes the Lake Street interchange area between approximately 32nd Street and 26th Street, a multi-level transit station near Lake Street, and a high quality pedestrian/bicycle connection between the Midtown Greenway and Lake Street. This project also includes new bridges at 31st Street, Lake Street, the Midtown Greenway, and at 28th Street; a new southbound exit ramp from I-35W to Lake Street and a new northbound exit ramp from I-35W to 28th Street. Estimated cost is $150 million. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017.
MnDOT Chapter 152 Bridge Project (26th Street to I-94)
MnDOT, in coordination with Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit is completing engineering work for the replacement of two Chapter 152 Bridges (the I-35W “braid” bridge and the I-35W “flyover” bridge connecting I-35W northbound to I-94 westbound). These bridges are required to be replaced by legislative action due to their condition. The replacement of these bridges results in the need for reconstruction work along I-35W between 26th Street and I-94. It is expected that this project will be constructed at the same time that the I-35W Transit/Access project is built. This work will also include the replacement of the 24th Street bicycle/pedestrian bridge, the 26th Street Bridge, the Franklin Avenue Bridge, and bridges in the TH 65/I-35W/I-94 interchange area, as well as noise walls and retaining walls. Estimated cost is $102 million. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017.
I-35W Rehabilitation Project (42nd Street to 32nd Street)
There is a short section of the freeway between the Crosstown Commons area and the Transit/Access project (approximately 42nd Street to 32nd Street) that is not planned for reconstruction. MnDOT is planning to do pavement replacement and other rehabilitation work in this area at the same time that the Transit/Access project is constructed. A southbound MnPASS lane will be incorporated into the design to complement the existing transit station at 46th Street and the proposed station at Lake Street. The 40th Street pedestrian bridge will be replaced. Other bridges will be repaired. Noise walls will remain in their current locations but some may be replaced with new walls. Estimated cost is $65 million. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017.
Lake Street (Blaisdell to 5th Avenue)
Hennepin County is also planning to reconstruct Lake Street between Blaisdell and 5th Avenues. This project will be built at the same time as the I-35W project but it is funded separately. A Project Advisory Committee has been formed to work with Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis on this project. For more information about the Lake Street Connections project, go to www.hennepin.us.