Eastbound 42 will close May 17 at I-35W

Beginning the morning of Wednesday, May 17, eastbound County Road 42 will be completely closed at the Interstate 35W junction in Burnsville for bridge repair and road improvements. There will be no eastbound access over the bridge for five weeks.

Westbound access, which has been closed since April 17, is expected to reopen ahead of schedule on May 17.

More information on the closure, including detour/route maps and sign-ups for email notifications, is available online at www.dakotacounty.us. Search “County Road 42.”

Alternate routes for the eastbound closure are listed below. Drivers are asked to plan their alternate routes in advance to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion. Closure and detour signage will be posted on roadways prior to work starting.
Traveling east on County Road 42

• Access to I-35W North/South will be closed.

• Access to Buck Hill Road will remain open.
Traveling west on County Road 42

• Access to I-35W north and south will remain open.

• Access to Buck Hill Road will remain open.
Traveling South on I-35W

• The ramp to County Road 42 will remain open.

• Access to westbound County Road 42 will remain open.
• Access to Eastbound County Road 42 will be closed.
• Access to Buck Hill Road will remain open.

Businesses along the County Road 42 corridor will remain open and will be allowed additional directional signage during construction. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead when shopping or dining in the area.

The road has an average daily traffic volume of more than 50,000 vehicles and experiences a number of traffic backups. The project will include updates to the road, signals and signage, as well an extension of the existing left turn lane at the junction of County Road 42 and the I-35W north ramp. The existing turn lane experiences sees frequent backups.