Long-term delays expected for I-35W commuters

For the next six months, drivers in south Minneapolis may face a longer and more grueling commute.

On March 27, northbound and southbound I-35W went from four lanes to three between 46th Street East and the Highway 65 split. The closures in this section of 35W are expected to last until September, and, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation press release, drivers should expect significant delays.

“We are asking commuters to bear with us for the next six months,” said Nick Thompson, Mn/DOT program manager, in the release. “When this work is complete in September, motorists should find a greatly improved commute to downtown.”

One of the main projects in the area is adding a MnPASS lane, where drivers who commute alone can use the lane for a faster commute by paying an electronic toll. Motorcyclists, transit buses and carpoolers can ride for free in the lane during designated hours.

Other work on the area will include new lighting, new retaining and noise walls, grading and bridge construction. The work is part of the reconstruction of 35W from Burnsville to downtown Minneapolis.

For more information, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/upa.