Bloomington has seen its fair share of road construction this year and more is in the works. Last spring, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) allocated more than $200 million for long-needed work on I-35W and I-494. This is a project the City has long supported and construction is expected to begin in 2021. In the meantime, there are two large road construction projects you may notice around town.
I-35W bridge replacements underway
Construction on the replacement of the existing bridge on I-35W across the Minnesota River and the bridge over 106th Street began in August and will be completed in fall 2021. You can go to the MnDOT website for up-to-date project information and road closures at blm.mn/mndot35.
This MnDOT project includes reconstructing the I-35W Minnesota River bridge, adding a bicycle and pedestrian walk across the river on the new bridge, raising the grade of the freeway south of the river out of the 100-year flood plain, adding a northbound truck acceleration lane from Cliff Road to 106th Street and reconstructing the freeway bridge over 106th Street. Drivers should expect to see the 106th Street southbound entrance ramp to I-35W south closed this fall and alternating lane closures in both directions on I-35W between Cliff Road in Burnsville and 106th Street daily from
7 p.m. – 6 a.m. through September.
I-494 and East Bush Lake Road
Over three weekends in July, I-494 closed to traffic at East Bush Lake Road for work to continue on the new westbound entrance ramp at the interchange. During the closures, crews set beams for the new ramp and painted them. Construction began in October 2017 and is expected to be complete in December 2018.
The interchange at East Bush Lake Road and I-494 has been without a westbound on-ramp since its construction in 1960. Since that time, development and redevelopment has occurred in the Normandale Lake area with the emergence of a number of high-rise office towers, hotels, four- and five-story office buildings, townhomes and high-rise condominiums. A westbound ramp will relieve traffic problems in the area and assist in more efficient operation of the already congested interchange at TH 100/I-494. For more information, visit blm.mn/eblr494.