MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State and local transportation officials in the Twin Cities will cut the ribbon on the single biggest road construction project in Minnesota history.

The project is the reconstruction of the Interstate 35W/Highway 62 crosstown interchange along the border of south Minneapolis and Richfield. It re-opened to traffic at the end of October, but on Saturday officials will gather for a ceremony to mark the years of work and many millions spent on an area that had been a notorious traffic chokepoint for decades.

The project cost $288 million and took 3 1/2 years to complete. In all, there were 26 new bridges and 50 miles of new concrete.

The opening ceremony will be held at Pearl Park in Minneapolis near the interchange.

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Comments (2)
  1. Elaine says:

    Ironically, because of the snow today, traffic will be congested getting to the ceremony!

  2. George Chalmers says:

    Sure wish MNDOT would change the signs back to CROSSTOWN !!! Most of us, including the media, refer to highway 62 as the CROSSTOWN. This is very confusing for people visiting here from out of town.

    We spent $288 million to upgrade the “CROSSTOWN”. After all that money has been spent, can’t be that expensive to put the right name on the signs.