86th Street Bridge and 82nd Street Bridge Construction
During the 2017 construction season MnDOT will be replacing the W. 86th Street Bridge over Highway I-35W. Replacement of the bridge became critical after an accident on I-35W caused structural damage to the bridge and the underlying utilities in February of 2016. Past accidents, due to vertical clearance issues, contributed to the decision to replace the bridge and increase the vertical clearance. The project will be managed by MnDOT and will be coordinated with City staff and any projects adjacent to the area. The project is expected to last from late June to October of 2017.
Additional rehabilitation work has been ordered for the W. 82nd Street Bridge over I-35W to repair damage sustained to a bridge girder earlier this year. This rehabilitation work will be coordinated with the W. 86th Street Bridge Project.
- The bridge will remain closed for the duration of the project.
- Traffic on W. 82nd Street across the bridge will continue to be limited to one lane in each direction until further notice.
- Detours guiding motorist to American Boulevard for local destinations and I-494 for highway access will be used to limit congestion on W. 82nd Street
Throughout project construction updates will be displayed on this webpage and through E-Subscribe.
December 1, 2017
Rehabilitation and maintenance work on the W. 82nd Street Bridge has been substantially completed, and the bridge has reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Punch list items and restoration work remain.
November 22, 2017
Rehabilitation work on the W. 82nd Street Bridge continues and will require a closure of the bridge early the week of November 27, Monday morning, and is expected to remain closed until late on Tuesday, November 28. The I-35W northbound and southbound ramps at W. 82nd Street will remain open during the closure and motorists will be guided with detours through the American Boulevard and W. 86th Street bridges. The closure will facilitate maintenance work for the pressure relief joints on the bridge.
November 14, 2017
MnDOT and their contractors reopened the W. 86th Street Bridge on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The new bridge will provide additional clearance over I-35W, increased sidewalk width and a decorative railing that can be seen from either W. 86th Street or I-35W. Additional restoration and cleanup work will still need to take place, but will be done while maintaining traffic on the bridge.
The rehabilitation work on the W. 82nd Street Bridge will continue and is expected to be completed in early December.
November 3, 2017
MnDOT and their contractors have opted not to close I-35W overnight on Friday, November 3rd. The closure will not take place and the work is expected to be completed with overnight lane closures. Forming of the bridge barriers for the W. 86th Street Bridge and the W. 82nd Street Bridge began early the week of October 30 and will continue into the week of November 6, as will construction of the bridge sidewalk and installation of the ornamental rail. Restoration work on the residential driveways and boulevards began early the week of October 30 and is expected to be completed ahead of the final paving for adjacent City roads.
October 27, 2017
Work performed on the adjacent city roads included excavation of the existing base and placement of rock aggregate base, installation of concrete curb and gutter, and fine grading of the rock base. Construction of barriers for the West 86th Street Bridge is scheduled for the week of October 30. Additional lane closures on the I-35W will be in place the night of October 30 to facilitate traffic control changes. On Friday, November 3, MnDOT and their contractors will be closing I-35W Northbound and Southbound between 10 p.m. and the 10 a.m. the following morning (Saturday). I-35W will be closed between I-494 and I-35E to allow for restoration and maintenance work. Currently, both the West 86th Street and West 82nd Street Bridges are scheduled to reopen by mid-November.
October 20, 2017
Rehabilitation work on the bridge deck for the W. 82nd Street Bridge is scheduled to be completed the night of Tuesday, October 24 and will require lane closures along I-35W, a potential closure of W. 82nd Street and closures of the ramps at the W. 82nd Street and I-35W. Approach panels for the W. 86th Street Bridge are anticipated to be completed during the week of October 23 and will be followed by work on the bridge sidewalks and barriers. Installation of concrete curb and gutter for the adjacent side streets is also scheduled to be completed early the week of October 23. A full closure of I-35W for the northbound and southbound directions is currently scheduled to begin Friday, October 27 at 10 p.m. and end on Saturday, October 28th at 10 a.m.
October 13, 2017
The bridge deck on 86th Street was installed late in the week of October 9. Storm sewer installation along with grading of the side streets adjacent to the bridge is scheduled for the next couple of weeks. Forming and prepping for the bridge deck on 82nd Street is scheduled to continue the week of October 16, with installation of the deck scheduled for mid-week.
October 6, 2017
Work on the superstructure of the bridge continues for the W. 86th Street Bridge; this work will be followed by the installation of the bridge deck late the week of October 9th.
September 29, 2017
Bridge beams were set for the both the W. 86th Street Bridge and W. 82nd Street Bridge late this week and will be followed by form work for the bridge superstructure. The superstructure work will carry into late the week of October 2, as will excavation work on the adjacent city roads.
September 26, 2017
- I-35W southbound from I-494 to W. 90th Street will be closed on Wednesday, September 27th beginning at 9:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
- Traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-35W northbound between the W. 86th Street Bridge and the W. 82nd Street Bridge sites.
- I-35W northbound from Highway 13 to I-494 will be closed on Thursday, September 28 beginning at 9:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
- The closures will facilitate the installation of steel girders for the W. 86th and W. 82nd Street Bridges.
September 22, 2017
Work on the center pier continues as the contractor readies equipment to begin setting beams for the W. 86th Street bridge deck. The beams will require that a direction of I-35 W be closed to accommodate the work; currently the contractor and MnDOT have scheduled to close the southbound direction on the night of September 27, followed by a closure of the northbound direction on the night of September 28. The closures of I-35W are subject to change, barring delays or weather conditions. Additionally, beams for the W. 82nd Street Bridge will also be placed during the scheduled closures.
September 15, 2017
Form setting and concrete work began for the center pier within in the median area and required additional overnight lane closures. Excavation of the existing road base for W. 86th Street and the affected side streets began this week and will continue into the week of September 18. Additional storm sewer installations will also take place during the week of September 18.
September 8, 2017
Additional overnight lane closures were used on the I-35W for the majority of this week in order to place sheet piles necessary for earth retention of the center pier area. Work on the center pier will commence early the week of September 11. Concrete work on the east side abutment nears completion, with plans to backfill the abutment area early next week. Excavation of W. 86th Street and the side streets (e.g. Humboldt Avenue, Girard Avenue) affected by the bridge construction will begin late the week of September 11.
September 5, 2017
Additional lane closures on I-35W have been scheduled for the nights of September 5 – 8, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following mornings. Traffic on I-35W, in both the northbound and southbound directions, will be reduced to one lane as work continues in the median for the center pier.
September 1, 2017
Earlier this week, MnDOT coordinated with the contractor for several lane closures on I-35W, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the nights of August 30 and 31, to facilitate a working area for the center pier. Work on the west side abutment included the slope paving and backfilling efforts, while concrete work on the east side abutment continues.
August 29, 2017
A traffic control change on I-35W northbound and I-35W southbound near the W. 86th Street Bridge has been scheduled for the nights of August 30 and 31. Beginning at 9 p.m., traffic will be reduced to one lane for each direction, on the respective side of the center median. Lane closures will be removed by 5 a.m. the following mornings.
August 25, 2017
Storm sewer work on I-35W Northbound and Southbound was completed earlier this week in anticipation of paving scheduled for early the week of August 28. Excavation of the toe wall for the west abutment and subsequent slope paving was completed earlier this week, as work on the eastside stem and wing walls continues. A change in traffic control along I-35W is scheduled for mid-to-late next week, in order to begin work for the center pier.
August 18, 2017
Construction of the bridge abutments continued the week of August 14, with form work for the west abutment wing walls, east abutment stem wall and removals of mainline pipe of I-35W. Concrete work for the abutments will continue into the week of August 21, as will the installation of storm sewer utilities on I-35W.
August 11, 2017
Construction of the bridge abutments for the W. 86th Street Bridge continues on both the west and east abutments. A noise variance has been obtained to allow work in the area on Saturday, August 12, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
July 14, 2017
Work on the W. 86th Street Bridge continues after the weekend closure as well as removal work on Humboldt Avenue and Girard Avenue.
June 30, 2017
Removal of the W. 86th Street Bridge, and removal of a damaged girder from the W. 82nd Street Bridge over 35W will take place the weekend of July 8th and 9th. Additionally, MnDOT will be conducting maintenance work on 35W south of Bloomington that will require a closure of 35W from 494 to the 35W/35E split. The closure will begin Friday night (July 7th) with all 35W ramps in Bloomington being closed at 8:00 PM and the full closure of 35W scheduled for 10:00 PM the same night. The closure is scheduled to end by 5:00 AM Monday morning (July 10th). Additionally, W. 82nd Street at the bridge over 35W will be closed until late Saturday (July 8th) and will be reopened with one lane in each direction.
June 16, 2017
The W. 86th Street Bridge over Trunk Highway 35W is scheduled to begin construction on June 26. The contractor has also scheduled a closure of 35 W between W. 82nd and W. 86th Streets the weekend of July 8 and 9 to accommodate the removal of the bridge and potential rehab work on the W. 82nd Street Bridge.