Drivers who use the I-35 corridor in Duluth as part of their daily commute should make plans for some long-term lane closures.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation have shared that lane closures near 27th Avenue West and near the Garfield Avenue overpass will start on Monday, October 19.  The closures will happen on both sides on I-35 - in both the northbound and the southbound lanes.

While periodic lane closures can be expected along I-35 - specifically in that area - what is out-of-the-ordinary is the length of time drivers can expect to see the orange cones and barricades.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting that the lane closures that begin on October 19 will remain in place through the winter season.

The scope of the work is directly tied to the upcoming Twin Ports Interchange project - which is scheduled to start in the spring of 2021.  Throughout the winter, work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will construct crossover ramps that will be needed for that project this upcoming spring.  In addition - while the lanes are closed - those same MNDOT work crews will replace the 27th Avenue West Bridge; that replacement will completely occur this winter.

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MNDOT is suggesting that drivers allow for extra time as they pass through these lane closures.  With the change of seasons and impending winter-weather, extra-caution should be exercised in order to help prevent accidents

For more details about these lane closures, the Twin Ports Interchange project, the 27th Avenue West Bridge replacement, or any of the projects scheduled throughout the greater State of Minnesota, click here to visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation's online project page.