Southbound Interstate 35 between Highway 97 in Columbus and the I-35W/I-35E split in Lino Lakes has been reduced to a single lane of traffic as crews prepare to pave the southbound lanes.

Motorists on southbound I-35 will need to stay in the left lane to access southbound I-35W, and remain in the right lane to access southbound I-35E. Drivers should pay close attention to signs in the area showing the designated lanes as they approach the construction zone.


Motorists should expect changes in their access to southbound I-35 from the Highway 97 ramp. Beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, motorists using the Highway 97 ramp to southbound I-35 will not be able to access southbound I-35W or southbound I-35E without using the posted detour of northbound I-35, to the Broadway Avenue/County Road 2 exit, to southbound I-35. 

Southbound I-35E and southbound I-35W access will remain closed through late Oct. 2019.

The ramp closure is necessary for crews to pave the southbound outside lanes of I-35. The detour map for the Highway 97 to southbound I-35 ramp closure can be found on the project website at:


The I-35 North Metro Split project includes paving the I-35W/I-35E split to Highway 8; replacing the Highway 97 bridge with a diverging diamond interchange;  replacing the northbound I-35W bridge over I-35E and the westbound Highway 8 bridge over I-35. The project will provide a better ride quality, as well as improve safety and traffic flow at the Highway 97 interchange. Additional information is available at

There are several projects along the I-35 corridor this year. Please plan ahead, know your route and check the project website and 511 for updates:

Submitted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation

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