I-35W weekend closure set

Both directions of Interstate 35W between Interstate 694 and the north junction of U.S. Highway 10 close from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for removal of the U.s. 10/County Road 10 bridges, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The I-35W closures are needed so crews can take down the Highway 10 bridges spanning I-35W and begin reconstruction of the two bridges. Crews also will replace a storm sewer culvert running beneath I-35W just north of I-694 while the roadway is closed.

The posted detour directs motorists on I-694, Minnesota 252, Minnsota 610 and U.S. 10. Travel will remain available from westbound U.S. 10 to northbound I-35W and from Ramsey County Road 10 to southbound I-35W this weekend, although the southbound interstate will be closed at I-694.

After the U.S. 10/County Road 10 bridges are removed, westbound U.S. 10/County Road 10 will close at I-35W through the construction season. During the closure, traffic will detour on northbound I-35W to County Road I and back south on I-35W to County Road H.

At the same time, eastbound U.S. 10 closes from I-35W to eastbound I-694 through November. The detour is southbound I-35W to I-694. Westbound U.S. 10 will remain open to northbound I-35W and to local businesses and homes.

Motorists will encounter occasional lane closures and some short-term, non-rush hour, full closures for bridge work.

For more information, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/694expand/ or call the project hotline at 1-877-206-0060 or send an e-mail to [email protected].