Southbound I-35E will close in Burnsville in May
Resurfacing from Elko to Eagan planned this season
A stretch of southbound Interstate 35E in Burnsville will close in May as part of a $15 million freeway resurfacing and repair project.
The closure will be from County Road 42 to the I-35 split where I-35E and I-35W become a single freeway. Traffic will be detoured to I-494 west and I-35W south.
Other detours and traffic delays are also expected from May to November along a 15-mile stretch of I-35 and I-35E from Scott County Road 2 in Elko New Market to Cliff Road in Eagan.
Expect temporary lane closures and detours as work is completed by segment, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says.
Four-lane segments will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction, says MnDOT, which promises to maintain access to all businesses and homes during the project.
MnDOT officials visited a Burnsville City Council work session Jan. 15 to give a briefing and help brace the community for a season of traffic delays. MnDOT will visit the Lakeville City Council on Tuesday.
“We know it’s going to be bad,” Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.
“It’s definitely No. 1 on our radar – traffic,” said Nicole Danielson-Bartelt, an engineer for MnDOT’s South Area.
Social media, email alerts, news releases and other communications are planned to keep motorists informed, MnDOT says.
MnDOT also has a website for the project: www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35eelkotoeagan/index.html.
The project will be done in two parts: from Elko to the split and from the split to Cliff Road.
In the north end, MnDOT is studying whether the should could be used for vehicles during peak traffic hours, Danielson-Bartelt said. Changeable message signs will give motorists travel and delay times.
Fifteen miles of deteriorating freeway pavement that’s been in place since a 1989 reconstruction project will get a new concrete overlay, according to MnDOT.
The project includes replacement of the deck of the “flyover” bridge on I-35E over I-35W.
Bridge repair and painting are planned on several bridges in Burnsville over I-35E: County Road 42, Portland Avenue, McAndrews Road and County Road 11. A railing will be added to the McAndrews Road bridge.
Repair and painting are planned on three bridges over I-35W: County Road 42, Burnsville Parkway and McAndrews Road.
This construction season will be a busy one for MnDOT in Burnsville. Work is also scheduled to begin on a new grade-separated interchange at Highway 13 and County Road 5.