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Two Minneapolis Bridge Closures to Have Significant Traffic Impact

Minnesota Department of Transportation's 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown reconstruction project will impact two county roads in Minneapolis soon. Road users should be prepared for the following changes:

Short-term lane closures starting September 7:

Portland Avenue over I-94 and I-35W
Starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, vehicle and bicycle traffic on Portland Avenue (County Road 35) between 15th and 19th streets will be reduced to a single lane. All lanes of road are expected to reopen on Saturday, September 9.

Longer-term bridge closures start September 18:

Franklin Avenue Bridge over I-35W
The Franklin Avenue Bridge (County Road 5) over I-35W is tentatively scheduled to close for reconstruction on Monday, September 18. This closure is expected to last through mid-2018. Detour route and additional information will be sent out in advance of the closure.
Portland Avenue Bridge over I-94 and I-35W
The Portland Avenue Bridge over I-94 and I-35W is expected to close in late September for approximately two months of pier work.

More about this project
The 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project is a four-year reconstruction project of I-35W between 42nd St. and downtown Minneapolis. The project will improve accessibility, safety and mobility in the project area including better access to the Lake Street business district and transit service on I-35W and Lake St.
To learn more, visit the project website:

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