Major I-35W lane work gets underway this spring

courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation The Minnesota Department of Transportation will soon begin work to add MnPASS lanes to both directions of traffic on Interstate 35W, out of Roseville at County Road C north to Lexington Avenue in Blaine.

With spring in sight — no, really — the impending change of seasons means another round of road construction is right around the corner for the north suburbs.

The most significant project that’s slated to get underway in the coming weeks will be the addition of MnPASS Express Lanes on both north and southbound Interstate 35W.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has work on the lanes slated to begin in mid-March, with work running north from County Road C in Roseville nearly 10 miles to Lexington Avenue in Blaine.

The estimated $200 million project will add the MnPASS lanes to the center of the highway. Crews will also repave the interstate and exit/entrance ramps through much of the same project area, while also repairing and replacing bridges and installing noise walls.

The interstate will be reduced to two lanes in both directions during the project, which is expected to be complete by fall of 2021. Advance work for it, including changes to area surface streets to ease congestion in the project area, took place last year.

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Rice and I-694

Work on rebuilding the Rice Street and Interstate 694 interchange is scheduled to begin in April, according to MnDOT.

The cities of Little Canada, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights meet at the interchange, which area elected officials have long sought to replace. 

The 60-year-old Rice Street bridge stands as one of the oldest pieces of infrastructure remaining in the I-694 corridor, and its outdated design causes both backups for drivers and dangerous crossings for pedestrians.

The more than $30 million project will replace the existing bridge and the four intersections that cluster near it with three new spans and three roundabouts. The cities will chip in about $1.5 million total.

Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2020.

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MnDOT plans to add a third lane to eastbound Highway 10 between I-35W and County Road 96 in Arden Hills, along with two noise walls on the south side of the highway. 

The estimated $2.6 million project is slated to take place this summer, with non-peak time lane and shoulder closures.

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—Mike Munzenrider

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