I-35W repaving south out of Roseville is on the horizon

Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation • The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin four months of repaving work July 13 on Interstate 35W between County Road C in Roseville and Fourth Street in Minneapolis. The $17 million project includes five planned weekend closures of the freeway.

Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation • Beginning in early 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be adding MnPASS express lanes to both north and southbound Interstate 35W from Roseville to Lino Lakes. The estimated $200 million project is expected to take four years to complete and will cover 12 miles of highway.

Though construction season came in with a whimper for most of the north suburban area this spring, roadwork just south of the area on one of its major thoroughfares is coming up this summer.

The past couple years have brought work on the area’s east-west arteries — Highway 36 and Interstate 694 — but in just more than a month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be working on Interstate 35W south out of Roseville.

Work to repave I-35W is scheduled to begin Friday, July 13, running south from County Road C to Fourth Street in Minneapolis, according to MnDOT.

The $17 million project will include five scheduled weekend closures of the freeway as well as lane and ramp closures that will happen at non-peak traffic times during night time hours.

The work is scheduled to conclude in October and will be suspended during the Minnesota State Fair and Labor Day weekend.

Roughly 4.5 miles of the freeway will be repaved, along with the ramps and frontage roads in the project area. The most significant ancillary work in the Roseville area will be replacing the signal system at County Road B and Cleveland Avenue, according to MnDOT.

The tentatively scheduled weekend closures will occur July 13 through Aug. 20, though they’re weather dependent. The benefits of the project, according to MnDOT, are to extend the pavement’s life and provide a smoother ride.

For more information about the project go to www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html.

This summer’s I-35W work could be seen as a prelude to four years of work on the interstate set to begin in early 2019.

MnDOT is adding MnPASS express lanes to both north and southbound I-35W between County Road C and Sunset Boulevard in Lino Lakes.

Beyond adding MnPASS lanes, the estimated $200 million project will include other spot improvements to I-35W, including the addition of auxiliary lanes, merge lanes and noise walls.

Prep work for the 12 miles of lane additions will begin this fall, according to MnDOT, with shoulder repairs and other work on the interstate. 

Additionally, traffic control changes and lane additions will be put in place through the project corridor, with a number of temporary changes coming to the stretch of County Road D at I-35W, aimed at easing congestion.

For more information about this project go to www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wroseville/index.html.


— Mike Munzenrider

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