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 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station near Lake Street, and a Green Crescent 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 planned for 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 planned for 2017.
I-35W Gap 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, commonly referred to as the “Gap Project”, 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. No bridges will be replaced in this section and full reconstruction is not planned. Most noise walls will remain as they are. Estimated cost is $31 million. Construction is planned for 2017.
Lake Street (Blaisdell to 5th Avenue)
Hennepin County is also planning to reconstruction Lake Street between Blaisdell and 5th Avenue. This project is funded separately and will be implemented with a separate community engagement process. Construction will need to be coordinated closely with reconstruction of the I-35W/Lake Street interchange area.