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METRO Orange Line Construction

METRO Orange Line Construction

Knox Avenue Transitway Construction

Traffic Impacts

  • The ramp from eastbound I-494 to southbound I-35W will be closed overnight Monday, April 12, 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 13 to move crane equipment.
    • The detour is eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 100 to southbound I-35W
  • The ramp from Penn Avenue to eastbound I-494 will also be closed Monday, April 12, 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 13.
    • The detour is northbound Penn Ave to eastbound 76th Street to southbound Lyndale to eastbound I-494


I-494 and Knox Avenue Transitway under construction Oct. 2020 looking south


About this project 

A transitway will be built along Knox Avenue, beneath I-494, to connect the Knox Ave. & 76th St. and Knox Ave. & American Blvd. stations. Along with transit-only lanes, the Knox Avenue transitway will include a multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Knox Avenue Transitway will make the trip between I-35W & 98th St. and I-35W & 66th St. stations 45-55% faster than current conditions on Route 535.

Know avenue tunnel view looking south.
Knox avenue view south
Northbound birdseye view

I-35W Construction: Ride it out with us!

The Orange Line's I-35W & Lake Street Station and the 12th Street Transit Ramp are now under construction are part of MnDOT's four-year 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project.