Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 in Columbus encountered ramp closures at Highway 97 starting July 1. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 1, the northbound exit and entrance ramps at Highway 97 closed, and are expected to remain closed through early August. 

While the ramps are closed, motorists should follow posted detours to Broadway Avenue/County Road 2 to exit or access northbound I-35.

The ramp closures are necessary for crews to resurface the northbound outside lanes of I-35, as part of the I-35 North Metro Split project.

The I-35 North Metro Split project includes resurfacing the existing pavement from 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 and is expected to be complete by fall 2019. Additional information is available at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i35northmetrosplit.

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

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