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I-35 North Metro Split: Summer travel impact?

Posted by on March 22, 2018
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I-35 ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT! 

Many who have lived in Minnesota joke that we have three seasons: Winter, Summer, and Road Construction. We truly do have all four seasons but sadly much of our spring and summer is marred by epic road construction projects. This year, and for the near future, we’ll have to contend with a major overhaul of the I-35 North Metro Split. Thankfully, MNDOT has provided quite a bit of information on the work to be done and how it could affect your summer travels.

What is the project?

The I-35 North Metro Split project will affect “six miles of I-35 from just south of the I-35 split to a half mile north of Hwy 8 at the Chisago/Washington county line will be resurfaced. Road resurfacing helps to preserve and extend the use of the pavement. The work will also include replacing three bridges,” This, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation website, is the general scope of the I-35 project. For anyone who has traversed any part of this section in question, we KNOW that it needs to be done.

What is the timeline for the work?

Ironically, work began in the fall of 2017 with site preparation, we just didn’t realize it. Remember all of the digging, tree removal, and dirt that was brought in along Highway 97 and the on ramps to the interstate? That was the beginning of the main project. From start to finish, the Split project will figure to last into 2019, more specifically the fall of 2019. Here is the specific breakdown for the phases from MNDOT:

Spring through summer 2018
  • I-35 long-term lane closures will occur between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8
    I-35 North Metro Split 2017-2019 project

    I-35 North Metro Split 2017-2019 project

    • Note: Ramps at Hwy 97, Broadway Ave. and Hwy 8 will remain open
Summer through fall 2018
  • I-35 long-term lane closures will continue between Hwy 97 and Hwy 8
    • Note: Ramps at Hwy 97, Broadway Ave. and Hwy 8 will remain open
Spring through summer 2019
  • Long-term I-35 lane closures will occur between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97
  • I-35W and I-35E may be reduced to a single lane at times, just south of the split
  • The NB I-35 ramps to and from Hwy 97 will close for approximately one month
Summer through fall 2019
  • Long-term I-35 lane closures will continue between the I-35W/I-35E split and Hwy 97
  • I-35W and I-35E may continue to be reduced to a single lane at times, just south of the split
  • The SB I-35 ramps to and from Hwy 97 will close for approximately one month

How will this affect me?

As you can see, there will be periodic lane closures during this project however all roads will remain open according to MNDOT. If you are a part of the cabin traffic that heads north for the weekends in the summer, you may need to find a detour or plan to leave earlier if possible. I could see where traffic would get bottle-necked if it is single lane anywhere near the split. You can stay up-to-date on the project, and others, by subscribing on the MNDOT website here. MNDOT also has a traffic flow tracker that I use almost daily when going to and from real estate appointments, you can find it here: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/tmc/trafficinfo/traffic.html.

‘Tis the season for road construction! Keep your eyes on the road and on MNDOT for updates!