For the 2nd weekend in a row (!!) Interstate 35W is closing from Downtown Minneapolis to the Crosstown on Friday, Oct. 6. Beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday both directions of I-35W between I-94 and Highway 62 will close for the demolition of the Franklin Avenue bridge.
Crews will begin closing the on and off ramps for I-35W approximately one hour prior to closing the interstate. Southbound I-35W on and off ramps between 46th Street and 60th Street will remain open during the closure. Motorists will be detoured around the closure using I-94, I-394, Highway 100 and Highway 62. I-35W will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9.
MnDOT will also close the Portland Avenue bridge spanning I-94 in Minneapolis at 5 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Construction crews planned to close the bridge earlier, but had to reschedule due to weather. The closure allows crews to work on the piers below the bridge deck.