I-94, 35W in Minneapolis closed for weekend bridge work

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2013 - 5:28 PM

The closures, which started Friday night, will complicate drives into downtown Minneapolis, especially for the Twins games.

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mnpikeyMay. 9, 1310:43 PM

Guess they didn't get the message because 94 west is closed NOW.

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mchristiMay. 9, 1311:31 PM

They are working on two bridges in the 35W/94 commons area, so why is 35W northbound closed all the way to 280 rather than leaving it open from Washington Ave northward; and why is 94 westbound closed from 280 through to Cedar. Neither of those stretches are remotely involved in the bridge construction and it closes off vital freeway access to and from quite a number of neighborhoods. Very poor planning on MnDOTs part and devoid of good sense.

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a6699fMay. 10, 13 5:22 AM

Looks like a good weekend to stay at home.

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reader2580May. 10, 13 7:39 AM

The overnight closure of I-94 is a separate closure from the weekend closure. The article on Startribune.com yesterday said MNDOT would be doing pavement repairs and a bunch of other work on both 35W and 94 during the weekend closure.

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mattaudioMay. 10, 13 7:59 AM

Correct @reader2580. Thank you MnDOT for doing multiple projects on the same highway in one weekend to avoid even worse construction impacts.

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suburbsguyMay. 10, 13 8:22 AM

I wish it was being closed for total rebuild oh well maybe in my grandsons lifetime.

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mpls80210May. 10, 13 9:05 AM

This is smart of MNDOT to get all of this out of the way at once. Better for motorists in the long run and way safer for work crews.

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mchristiMay. 10, 1310:16 AM

The extra stretch of I-94 is very new highway, just a year or three old. It really doesn't need much work. The northbound I-35W stretch is in pretty good shape. If there is indeed needed work on these stretches, better to do it in a series of overnight or partial closures to maintain access along the route than close them for a whole weekend. It would get the work done and actually minimize disruption. A weekend closure maximizes disruption. And a chief goal of designing projects on existing roadways should include doing the work with the minimal disruption to access.

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reader2580May. 10, 13 2:54 PM

I94 was only repaved a few years ago. Slapping layer after layer of pavement on top of a deteriorating base only lasts so long. The highway still needs a complete rebuild for most of the stretch from St Paul to the Lowry tunnel.

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metalixMay. 11, 1312:03 PM

I94 should be concrete all the way through for durability purposes -- they are doing the right thing by converting 694 to concrete everywhere. Winter or road construction -- welcome to Minnesota!

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