35W Collapse: Traffic Changes

Traffic information from the City of Minneapolis:
Traffic will be diverted due to the collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River, and drivers should expect delays.

Hwy 280 is primary I-35W detour

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is making Minnesota Highway 280 the primary route to replace northbound and southbound I-35W traffic. It will carry traffic from I-35W in Roseville to Interstate 94.

To prevent traffic snarls, Highway 280 will be converted to a temporary freeway with no traffic signals. The change means Broadway Avenue and County Road B will no longer have access to the highway, and the lights at these intersections will stay green for the highway.

North of the collapsed bridge, traffic on I-35W will stop at the Stinson/New Brighton Boulevard exits. South of the bridge, all northbound I-35W traffic will be forced to exit onto eastbound I-94.

In addition to these changes, the ramp from Hennepin Avenue to Southbound I-35W will be closed to traffic.

Leaving downtown Minneapolis

Drivers wanting to leave downtown Minneapolis have two main routes:

· Fourth Avenue South, which feeds onto southbound I-35W; and

· Third Street West, which feeds onto Interstate 394 or I-94 westbound.

Drivers should avoid Washington Avenue.

Please be advised that there may be more changes to this transportation plan. The situation may change to accommodate traffic patterns.

Road closures due to bridge collapse

The City of Minneapolis has announced the closure of the following roads due to collapse of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River:

Closed between 13th Ave S to 1st St S
Local access only between 11th Ave and 13th Ave S
Local access between 4th St and 1st St S

Closed between 8th Ave SE to 11th Ave SE
Local access between 3rd Ave SE and 8th Ave SE
Local access only on 11th Ave SE between University Ave and 2nd St SE

Closed between University Ave. SE to 2nd St. South
Local access to gas station at University Ave SE
Local access between 2nd St S and Washington Ave.

Closed at TH280 Eastbound and Westbound

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

    Here’s the city’s official traffic detour site: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/news/20070802TrafficDetours.asp

  2. St. Paul Citizen (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 8:03 am

    The Collapse of the 35 W Bridge may be due to Minneapolis’s refusal to complete the Tibetan Sand Mandela Ceremony – and preserving the Mandela, instead of pouring it into the river.

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