Updated: April 05, 2021 06:33 PM
Created: April 05, 2021 06:05 PM
Another big traffic change due to the Twin Ports Interchange project. I-35 southbound is now single lane, from Garfield to 27th Avenue West.
It's already like that on the northbound side.
And this single lane in both directions situation will be like this for the summer. "Starting today, through, I'd ball park, late October to early November," explained Pete Marthaler, construction manager for major projects.
This configuration is needed so crews can work on culverts for the interchange project.
He expects it will slow things down on the freeway. "We're encouraging people to zipper merge," he said.
You can still access certain areas from the can of worms. You can head down 53 from the mall area and head north on I-35, or head to Wisconsin on 535. There's no stoplight there anymore, at that intersection, because no one is coming up from northbound I-35.
You can also get down 53 to head south on I-35, but you need to take the detour. The route takes you up 21st Avenue West, through Lincoln Park and West Duluth, and to the freeway from 40th Avenue West.
MnDOT said another change Monday is that the ramp from 535 in Wisconsin to southbound I-35 in Minnesota is now closed until the fall of 2023.
And utility work has closed the intersection of Piedmont and W 1st Street, through May.
There is a lot to navigate. But MnDOT said it will be worth it. "Once it's done, it's going to be hard to recognize what we used to have," Marthaler said.
Here's the link to project page: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/twin-ports-interchange/
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