Previous Projects on I-35W
Several projects have been implemented along or near I-35W over the past several years that are related to the I-35W Transit/Access Project and the Orange Line BRT Project. These are described below.
46th Street BRT Station
The 46th Street BRT station opened in December 2010 at 46th Street and I-35W. The two-level station provides connections between local buses that serve south Minneapolis and express buses on I-35W. The two levels are connected by stairways and elevators. Other features at the transit station include a geothermal heating/cooling system, LED lighting, security cameras and real-time electronic transit information signs. The station is open 5 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday. The transit station is approximately 300’ long and 53’ wide.
MnPASS Express Lanes
A northbound “priced dynamic shoulder lane” was opened on I-35W in September 2009 between 42nd Street and downtown Minneapolis. This lane is reserved for buses, carpools and paying vehicles. The lane is open during peak traffic periods. Use of the lane is controlled by overhead electronic signs. A MnPASS lane now runs all the way from Burnsville to downtown Minneapolis. BRT will operate in these lanes. New park and ride lots have also been constructed in Lakeville.
MARQ2 Transit Lanes
The bus lanes on Marquette and 2nd Avenue in downtown Minneapolis opened in December 2009 after the reconstruction of both streets between the Post Office (2nd Street North) and the Convention Center (12th Street South). Express buses on I-35W use the MARQ2 transit lanes to drop off and pick up passengers in downtown. The project includes 28 new shelters, 38 real-time signs, and new sidewalks, streetscaping and landscaping.
I-35W/Hwy 62 Crosstown Common Section
The reconstruction of I-35W and Hwy 62 (the Crosstown Common Section) was completed in fall 2010. This project includes a Mn/PASS lane and completely reorients the connections between the two highways. The project includes new noise walls, new bridges, and reconstruction of several connections to local streets.
Lake Street has been reconstructed between 5th Avenue and the West River Parkway and between Dupont and Blaisdell Avenues. The street reconstruction project includes new sidewalks, bus shelters, bike racks, lighting, streetscaping and landscaping.