More than 300,000 spectators will be in town to root on the 22,000 runners participating in Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon and the associated races and events. Getting to the race and to prime watching spots could be a bit difficult as portions of two metro area freeways will be shut down for the weekend.

A number of parkways and streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be closed or have restrictions during Sunday's race starting at 7 a.m. Some those closings go into effect Friday night. Metro Transit bus routes also will be affected. See the marathon section below.

As far as traveling to the big event or to Saturday's Wild's game against St. Louis at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, keep in mind that MnDOT has closures planned on I-35W in Minneapolis, I-394 in Minneapolis and Hwy. 36 in Roseville. Lane closures are on tap for I-494 in Plymouth. We also have an assortment of other road closures that could impact your travels.

Interstate 35W in Minneapolis

The southbound lanes between Hwy. 280 and SE. 4th Street in Minneapolis will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday to allow MnDOT crews to repair the de-icing system on the Johnson Street bridge. They also will be resurfacing that segment of the freeway.
Here is the prescribed detour for southbound drivers: Use southbound Hwy. 280 to westbound I-94.

All northbound lanes will remain open, but with 2 lanes only between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Hwy. 36 at I-35W in Roseville

Westbound drivers won't be able to get onto I-35W as MnDOT will be doing a bridge repair project in the area. Drivers will be funneled onto southbound Hwy. 280 as well, so expect heavy traffic and delays as Hwy. 280 is not as quick as using 35W.  Traffic lights at Broadway can clog up traffic, so patience will be needed.

I-494 in west metro

The ongoing work ahead of next summer's lane expansion project will bring single lane traffic in Plymouth and Maple Grove. This one could bring massive delays, so using Hwy. 169, Hwy. 100 or city and county roads further to the west might help avoid getting stuck.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday and lasting until 2 p.m. Sunday, southbound will be reduced to one lane from Schmidt Lake Road to County Road 6.

Northbound traffic will be two lanes between I-394 and Hwy. 55 and one lane from Hwy. 55 and the I-94/694 interchange from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

I-394 in Minneapolis

From 6:30 a.m. Saturday until 8 a.m. Sunday, access from 3rd Street/Washington Avenue  to westbound 394 will not be available. For eastbound drivers, the exit to 12th Street will be closed from 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday as MnDOT crews conduct bridge work at 7th Street.

I-35E in Eagan

Look for right shoulder closures and/or narrowing of lanes on the on and off ramps of Cliff and Diffley Roads from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday.

4th Street in downtown Minneapolis

This street closed from I-35W to Washington/Cedar Avenue until late September as crews reconstruct the road and new turn lanes for northbound I-35W entrance ramp.. Drivers can still get onto southbound 35W, but those heading to the University of Minnesota will need to follow this detour: Northbound on Park Avenue, then right on Washington Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

94th Street bridge over I-35W in Bloomington

The ramps to and from I-35W to 94th are back open, but the bridge over the freeway will be under construction for a few more weeks.

Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge over Hwy 100

The County Road 152/Brooklyn Boulevard bridge is closed to motorists and pedestrians through late October. A new bridge deck is being built.

I-35E in St. Paul

We still have a lot of construction just north of downtown. Here is what ramps asre still shut down:

  • Little Canada Road to southbound I-35E
  • Southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Roselawn Avenue to southbound I-35E
  • Maryland Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Roselawn Avenue
  • Roselawn Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to westbound Highway 36
  • Northbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Little Canada Road

Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake

Hwy 61 between White Bear Avenue and north of Hwy 96 is reduced to a single lane. There are multiple streets that are closed where they intersect with Hwy 61.

Hwy. 77/Cedar Avenue in Bloomington

Various lanes will be closed and shifted near the Mall of America and I-494, so watch the signs.  Additionally, northbound ramps to and from I-494 are closed through mid-October. Detour signs will be posted, but here they are:

  • Eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 77 detour: Use northbound 34th Street and westbound I-494.
  • Northbound Hwy 77 to westbound I-494 detour: Use the I-494/Hwy 5 west exit that is located one-half mile south of the I-494/Hwy 77 interchange

Hwy. 149 and Hwy. 55 in Eagan

The section of highway between Lone Oak Road and the north intersection of  Hwy. 149 will have alternating lane closures through November. That means single lane in each direction. Also in the area, Hwy. 149 will be single lane between I-494 and Hwy. 55.

Kellogg Blvd. bridge in St. Paul

Traffic restricted to  three lanes with a narrower path for pedestrians and cyclists to share. This will be ongoing. The bridge connects downtown with Dayton's Bluff.

Hwy 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers

Lane closures; Northbound to eastbound County Road 144 is closed; westbound County Road 144 to northbound Hwy 101 is closed; County Road 144 is closed between James Road and the Hwy 101 construction; Hwy 101 between South Diamond Lake Road and 147th Street is single lane.  Here is a heads up: New northbound lanes of Hwy. 101 opened this week, so don't rely on muscle memory to navigate the area.

Hwy. 36 in east metro

This long-running project has the road down to a single lane through Oak Park Heights and Stillwater from Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 95.

Hwy. 55 in Golden Valley

A CenterPoint Energy utility reconstruction project started last week in Golden Valley along Winnetka Ave between Harold Ave and Golden Valley Rd. The three- to six-week project will have a significant impact on traffic due to lane shifts and closures, but full access will be maintained to all businesses and residents. Detours will be set up to encourage through-traffic to use Wisconsin Ave or Rhode Island Ave for Hwy 55 access.

Hwy 7 in St. Louis Park

Eastbound traffic is down to a single lane from Texas Ave and Wooddale Ave due to road construction work. This lasts until Oct. 31.

Hwy. 12 in far west metro

Look for intermittent lane closures through Oct. 22 between Hennepin County Road 92 and Wright County Road 30. That's Independence to Delano.  Crews are building a new center turn lane at the McKinley Parkway/Eaken Avenue intersection and widen the highway.

I-94 northwest of the metro

Prepare for delays in the St. Michael and Monticello areas as road work and a lane expansion project continues.  This stretches from Hwy. 101 to County Road 36 and again in the area of  County Road 75 to Hwy. 25.

Your Guide to the Twin Cities Marathon

The starting gun for the 10-mile race goes off at 7 a.m. Sunday and at 8 a.m. for the 26.2-mile race from downtown Minneapolis to the State Capitol. The biggest traffic impacts will definitely be felt Sunday

A few roads in St. Paul are already closed or will be long before Sunday.

  • John Ireland Blvd. from 12th Street to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. near the State Capitol is closed.
  • Martin Luther King Blvd. and Aurora Avenue will close at 9 a.m. Friday
  • 12th Street from Wabasha Street to John Ireland Blvd. from 5 a.m. to noon Saturday and again from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

For Sunday

The area around the former Metrodome is the starting line for both Sunday races, and will be off limits to vehicular traffic. From 5 to 9 a.m., the area bounded by 5th Avenue, 11th Avenue, 6th Street and 3rd Street will be closed.

Here is the race course map, and below is a guide as to where you can cross or not cross the race course:

Mile - Crossing Points

Miles 0-1 - Use side streets to I-94 or 35W.  Or head south and cross racecourse intermittently at Lake Street.

Miles 3-8 - Head south and cross course intermittently at 50th. Or head to Nicollet and cross racecourse there

Miles 8-12 - If you are East of Parkway: Cross via 54th/ Diamond Lake Road

- If you are South of racecourse: Cross at 54th Street. If you are North of racecourse: Go South to 50th, and East to Nicollet to cross racecourse

*Nicollet and 35W are North/South Crossings

Miles 12-15 - If you are North of racecourse: Cross at 46th or 42nd Streets If you are South of racecourse: Cross at 56th Street

Miles 15-21 - Take nearest thru street to freeways. Lake Street crosses the racecourse without delays

Miles 22-26: Take Ayd Mill or Grand Avenue into downtown Saint Paul and head around to the Capitol area. Ford Parkway crosses the racecourse without delays.  I-35E through downtown Saint Paul is an alternate route around the course.

A reminder that Metro Transit buses that travel on or cross the race course may be on detour or delayed.  To check you route, click on Metro Transit's Rider Alerts page.

Parking: Motorists are reminded that normal parking rules and fees apply and should take note of any hooded meters signifying no parking. Finish line parking is available on the streets and in various lots around the Capitol grounds in Saint Paul. The Sears store, west of the Capitol, offers limited Event Parking near the finish line on a first come first serve basis for $15.

Light Rail: Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile runners can ride the METRO Green Line on Sunday, October 5 for free.


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