I-35E bridge in St. Paul

I-35E bridge in St. Paul
I-35E bridge in St. Paul/Photo by Alissa Haupt

Issues: The condition of the deck is the primary reason for reconstruction. The concrete is starting to deteriorate.

Fracture critical? No

Structurally deficient? Yes

Sufficiency rating: 40.8

Deck rating: 5

Superstructure rating: 4

Substructure rating: 4

Length: 1,285 feet

Width: 93.5

Average Daily Traffic: 148,000 vehicles

Passes over: Cayuga St.

Constructed in: 1965

Construction starts in: 2014

Construction should finish: between 2017 and 2018

Cost: $175 million to $275 million

Detour: To be determined. Planners hope to avoid a detour as it would cause major traffic issues.

New Bridge: Design to be determined.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.

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