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Metro - I-35 North Metro split from Lino Lakes to Forest Lake: 2017-2019 construction

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January 04, 2019
Forest Lake rest area scheduled to reopen Mon, Jan. 7
Good news! MnDOT crews are wrapping up construction at the southbound I-35 Forest Lake rest area and expect to reopen it to all visitors by 7 a.m. Mon, Jan. 7. The rest area has been closed since August for southbound I-35 paving work and building construction.

Current and upcoming work
Please be aware that there will continue to be intermittent, non-rush hour lane closures on I-35 near Hwy 97 throughout this winter, as crews continue to work at the Hwy 97 bridge.

I-35 reconstruction will resume in spring 2019, between Hwy 97 and the I-35W/I-35E split. To learn more, visit the project website at:

Find other rest areas in Minnesota
If you’re traveling elsewhere in Minnesota and need to find rest areas, you can use MnDOT’s website search tool to learn about site locations and services:

More about this project
To learn more, including all current traffic impacts and detour routes, visit the project website at