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Why MnDOT shut down 35W for concrete repairs even though the pavement is new

MnDOT putting down new chip seal on the Mendota Bridge, replacing material that has been peeling away for years


David Joles/Star Tribune, Star Tribune

Traffic flowed on I-35W last summer as work on the freeway reconstruction project neared its end.

Last weekend, the Minnesota Department of Transportation shut down westbound Interstate 94 between I-35W and Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis to make concrete repairs.

The agency did the same thing two weekends ago when it shut down southbound I-35W between I-94 and 46th Street in south Minneapolis. This weekend, weather permitting, drivers on northbound I-35W will be placed on detour from Friday night to Monday morning as crews work between 46th Street and I-94.

Most of that concrete was laid over the past two construction seasons as part of MnDOT's massive "Downtown to Crosstown" rebuild of I-35W, which included a new flyover bridge carrying northbound I-35W traffic to westbound I-94, new ramps and bridges, a transit station at Lake Street for the new Orange bus rapid transit line, and the new driving surface.


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