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Interstate 35W

I-35W Minnesota River Bridge Project (MNDOT)



Night Work and Noise
The contractor is trying to minimize night work and noise on this project, but when it is scheduled the Communications team will work to share that information here and on the MnDOT Project Webpage.

Week of November 12, 2018 (Night Work)
Monday and Tuesday: Saw-cut & remove concrete barrier, finish grade median for pavement

​​​​​Wednesday and Thursday: Remove rubble, finish grade median for pavement

Friday and Saturday: Remove rubble, finish grade median for pavement, place pavement

Week of November 5, 2018
Monday – Friday:  Hammering median barrier and loading out rubble in the center median of 35W

October - Ramp and Trail Closures

Weekday Trail Closure

The natural surface river trail that runs west of Lyndale/Sorensen Boat Landing will be closed during weekday construction working hours while there is intense construction activity in this area with the MnDOT I-35W Minnesota River Bridge Reconstruction Project.  The trail will be re-opened each evening by 7 PM and is anticipated to be open on the weekends.  While attempts were made to keep the trail open during construction, safety is the number one concern and it was determined there was no safe way to maintain access through this segment with the construction activity.  The trail closure is between Lyndale Avenue and Nine Mile Creek

Ramp Closure - Thursday October 18, 2018

Southbound I-35W ramp at W 106th Street will be closed beginning Thursday, October 18 and will remain closed for most of the duration of the MnDOT project

Press Release - 10/15/2018

What is the scope of the project?

MnDOT has begun construction of the I-35W Minnesota River Bridge project.  This project will:

  • Reconstruct I-35W Bridge spanning the Minnesota River
  • Reconstruct I-35W Bridge spanning W 106th Street
  • Replace pavement from Cliff Road to W 106th Street
  • Construct northbound auxiliary/truck lane between Cliff Road and W 106th Street
  • Construct a pedestrian/bike trail along the east side of the river bridge and connect to Black Dog Road and Lyndale Avenue
  • Improve signing, lighting and drainage

MnDOT Project Map

Anticipated traffic impacts

Throughout the project MnDOT, is planning to maintain two to three lanes of traffic in each direction on I-35W, with a limited number of weekend closures. 

MnDOT will be closing the southbound I-35W entrance ramp at W 106th Street in early October, and this ramp is expected to remain closed for most of the project.  The northbound exit ramp at W 106th Street will also be closed during some portions of the construction.

Throughout the project, there will be construction traffic accessing the job trailer and work area on the north side of the river via I-35W to W 106th Street to Lyndale Avenue.  While precautions will be taken to minimize the impacts of this traffic, please proceed with care when accessing businesses, neighborhoods, the boat landing and the trailheads in this area.

How is the project funded?

This is a MnDOT project with an estimated construction cost of $127 million.

What is the project's schedule?

The construction began on August 20, 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Project history

MnDOT worked in partnership with Dakota County, Hennepin County, the City of Bloomington and the City of Burnsville to develop a design-build project to replace the bridge and pavement on I-35W between Cliff Road and 106th Street.  This process included public open houses in 2015, meetings with affected properties regarding sound walls in 2016, Municipal Consent hearings in 2017 and Environmental document public hearing in 2018.  For more information, please visit the MnDOT design-build website.

The City of Bloomington will be completing a local, City project on W 106th Street towards the end of the MnDOT project.  This project will include reconstruction of W 106th Street between Verdi Road and Lyndale Avenue with pedestrian improvements on this segment and permanent closure of the 106th Street accesses for West Bloomington Freeway and River Terrace.  For more information, please visit the project website


For additional project information and updates, please visit the MnDOT I-35W Minnesota River Bridge project website.