Work for the 2022 summer road construction season is well underway already - even as we head into the first couple of weeks of June.  And as orange cones make their first appearance at some work zones, the progress continues at the multi-year Twin Ports Interchange (Can of Worms) project.

According to details shared by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, drivers shouldn't experience any major changes to traffic flow along I-35 this summer.  Last year was when north-bound traffic moved to the old south-bound lanes and current south-bound traffic was diverted onto Lower Michigan Street.  That configuration is expected to continue throughout this summer, with another traffic shift coming at some point either this fall or early next spring.

One thing that is noticeable however to drivers along that stretch is the progress that's starting to make itself visible.  Some of the footings and foundations for the eventual overpasses and bridges have become visible.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation also continues to take (almost) daily deliveries of materials needed for the intersection work. One of the most impressive are the steel beams that will eventually support the concrete roadways above.

Recently, MNDOT shared some pictures of these beams being delivered on their Facebook page.  This specific set of pictures details the sets of beams for the bridge that will connect northbound I-35 to southbound 535.  Looking at the pictures MNDOT shared, it's easy to see the massive size of these steel beams - putting their size into perspective.

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As for now, progress of the work project is on track.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation still expects to see the $343 million Twin Ports Interchange project wrapped up in 2024.

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