Crosstown reconstruction update

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, on Monday, August 6, Minnehaha Parkway will be shut down for three weeks. The work is part of the Crosstown reconstruction project.

As part of that project, the Lyndale Avenue South exit from Highway 62 has been reduced to 10 feet wide through the end of August.

Daytime work on the bridge at I-35W and Highway 62 also continues with what the Department of Transportation calls “excessive noise.” Nighttime work will also be conducted there after 10 p.m. on occasion.

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Crosstown reconstruction update

As work on the Crosstown reconstruction project moves forward, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) offers a weekly update.

Lane closures
Some lanes on I-35W and Highway 62 will be closed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as crews continue to set concrete barriers for work zone protection, evacuate and haul earth in various locations and pour concrete.

Diamond Lake Road
Excess noise may be heard near the Diamond Lake Road Bridge due to pile-driving. The Diamond Lake Road Bridge and ramps are scheduled to be closed for a year but MnDOT and the contractor are working to accelerate the opening date. Construction on I-35W around Diamond Lake Road continues as walls with pile foundations are installed. There will be parking restrictions along Stevens Avenue South and Second Avenue South.

Tree removal
In order to widen I-35W and Highway 62, tree removal will take place on I-35W from 42nd Street to Diamond Lake Road, westbound on Highway 62 from Portland Avenue South to Penn Avenue South, Highway 121, and eastbound on Highway 62 from Penn Avenue South to I-35W. The tree removal on Highway 121 is to construct a new on-ramp to westbound Highway 62 and to construct noise walls on Highway 121. Streets may be closed except to local traffic and parking will be prohibited while the work is conducted.

Noise walls come down
Noise walls on northbound I-35W from 66th Street to Lyndale Avenue, eastbound Highway 62 from Lyndale Avenue South to Portland Avenue South, and westbound Highway 62 between Nicollet Avenue and the Soo Line RR will be taken down. Existing noise walls will be kept in place as long as possible and new walls will be put up as quickly as possible.