Interstate 35E in Minnesota


Get started Apple Valley
End Forest Lake
Length 39 mi
Length 63 km
  • 88 → Des Moines88B County Road 42
  • 90 140th Street
  • 92 → Airport
  • 93 Cliff Road
  • 94 Diffley Road
  • 97 Pilot Knobb Road
  • 98 Lone Oak Road
  • 99 → Twin Cities Beltway
  • 101 State Route 110
  • 102 Sibley Memorial Highway
  • Lexington Bridge
  • 103 Fort Road
  • 104 Ayd Mill Road
  • 105 St. Clair Avenue
  • 106 Downtown St. Paul
  • 107 → Minneapolis
  • 107B → Milwaukee
  • 108 Pennsylvania Avenue
  • 109 Maryland Avenue
  • 110 Wheelock Parkway
  • 110B Roselawn Avenue
  • 111 → Minneapolis
  • 112 Little Canada Road
  • 113 → Twin Cities Beltway
  • 114 → Twin Cities Beltway
  • 115 County Road 15
  • 117 Hwy 96
  • 120 Ash Street
  • 123 Main Street
  • 127 → Duluth

I -35E is part of Interstate 35 in Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities. The I-35E is the branch that runs through St. Paul. The highway is 63 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-35E at St. Paul.

I-35E heads northeast from the fork at Apple Valley. The descent into the Minnesota River valley is more gradual here than at I-35W. The highway has 2×3 lanes and leads through the southern suburbs before crossing Interstate 494 at Mendota Heights. Via the Lexington Bridge one crosses the Mississippi River, this is still some distance from the center of St. Paul. I-35E then has a small-scale character with only 2×2 lanes to the center of St. Paul.

Near Downtown St. Paul, I-35E has a short confluence with Interstate 94, this section has 2×5 lanes without a parallel structure. In the north of St. Paul, I-35E is a more modern highway with 2×5, later 2×4 lanes. At the suburb of Little Canada, State Route 36 and Interstate 694 cross in quick succession. I-35E also has a short confluence with I-694 which has 2×5 lanes. I-35E then crosses the northern exurbs of St. Paul with 2×3, later 2×2 lanes, and then merges with I-35W at Forest Lake, before continuing north on I-35.

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Construction of Interstate 35 East did not go as smoothly as I-35W through Minneapolis. During the 1960s, a number of sections were opened, especially north of St. Paul and the Mississippi River Bridge. Then construction stopped. A fairly long section opened in 1971, but this actually runs outside the urban area in the north of the region. The link south of St. Paul and in the city itself did not open until the 1980s. Construction of I-35 East through St. Paul met much resistance, and the last link was not opened until 1990, where I-35 East was built. -35E connected to I-94.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 109 Exit 113 6 km 1962
Exit 102 Exit 103 2 km 1966
Exit 108 Exit 109 2 km 1966
Exit 101 Exit 102 2 km 1967
Exit 107 Exit 108 2 km 1969
Exit 113 Exit 127 23 km 1971
Exit 88 Exit 92 6 km 1981
Exit 92 Exit 101 14 km 1987
Exit 103 Exit 106 5 km 1987
Exit 106 Exit 107 2 km 15-10-1990

Lexington Bridge

The express lanes on I-35E.

The Lexington Bridge over the Mississippi River was dated 1965 and was in poor condition. It was replaced by a new bridge between 2003 and 2004. The number of lanes has been increased from 4 to 6, although the extra lanes are actually weaver lanes.

The weave

The Weave is the interchange between I-35E and I-694 north of St. Paul. Like other places in the Twin Cities, traffic from both highways converged on a short double numbering system. In this case, there were 2×3 lanes, leading to severe congestion. This stretch was widened to 5+6 lanes between 2006 and 2008. The project was called ‘Unweave the Weave’.

Express lanes

Between 2013 and 2015, express lanes, locally known as “MnPass lanes,” were constructed on I-35E north of St. Paul, in both directions between I-94 near Downtown and the interchange with I-694 near Little Canada. The highway has been widened here from 2×3 to 2×4 lanes and has also been completely redeveloped, with a route change at Cayuga Street. The new toll lanes opened on November 30, 2015.


Tolls are payable on the ‘MnPASS lanes’ (express lanes) on I-35E between I-94 in St. Paul and I-694 in Little Canada. The toll collection is fully electronic with MnPASS and the toll rates depend on the traffic volume.

Traffic intensities

In 2012, 53,000 vehicles drove daily after the fork with I-35E in Apple Valley. This gradually increases to 102,000 vehicles south of I-494 and 82,000 vehicles on the Lexington Bridge over the Mississippi River. Just before downtown St. Paul, 73,000 vehicles drove, then peaked at 182,000 on the double-numbered I-94 at Downtown St. Paul. This is the second busiest point on I-35E.

There were 139,000 vehicles north of I-94, dropping slightly to 126,000 vehicles south of State Route 36 and 112,000 vehicles north of it. The double numbering with the I-694 is the busiest point with 201,000 vehicles per day. To the north of that, 77,000 vehicles were traveling, dropping gradually to 37,000 before the junction of I-35E.

Lane Configuration

I-35E/I-694 in Little Canada.

From Unpleasant Lanes Comments
Exit 88 Exit 92 2×2 Burnsville
Exit 92 Exit 97 2×3 Eagan
Exit 97 Exit 99 2×4 Eagan
Exit 99 Exit 104 2×3 St. Paul
Exit 104 Exit 107B 2×2 St. Paul
Exit 107B Exit 107A 2×5 St. Paul
Exit 107B Exit 114 2×4 Maplewood
Exit 114 Exit 127 2×2

Interstate 35E in Minnesota

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