Around the Airport - MnDOT

Around the Airport - MnDOT

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Traffic impacts anticipated to begin April 2020. Give yourself an extra hour on the road if you’re headed to MSP Airport.

Plan for Major Road Work
Around the Airport in 2020

Traveling to, from or around the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport this year? Plan ahead—improvements will soon be underway. Major construction will be taking place as crews work to better the quality and safety on your route. Highway 5 (between 494 and Highway 62) will have closures and detours from April until October.

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Give yourself an extra hour on the road if you’re headed to the airport.

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Expect longer delays on highways around the airport during weekday peak travel times.

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Consider alternate ways to get to and from the airport that don’t require you to drive.

Let us help you plan your approach to make your trip as smooth as possible. Wherever you’re headed, our up-to-date map shows road closures and route changes that you’ll want to know about before you drive. Bookmark this site, and stay connected for updates

What’s Happening

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Road construction that changes how you get to and from MSP Airport

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A full construction season of Highway 5 closures

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Increased traffic on detour routes around the airport

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Bridge and ramp work that impacts the routes where Highways 5/55/62 meet

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Additional bridge and ramp work east of MSP Airport at 494/35E

Headed out of town for spring break, or into the city for MEA? You’re in luck: Road work is scheduled to take place between spring break and MEA weekend to avoid these major air travel periods.


Explore the Map

Use the control panel of the map below to see the closures and detours. All dates are subject to change. For alternate formats of this information please email ask@aroundtheairport.com or reference the accessible, printable versions of the following maps:

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Eastbound Hwy 5 is closed between 494 and Hwy 55/62.

Multiple bridge and ramp closures at Highways 5/62/55 interchange.

Westbound Hwy 5 is closed between Hwy 55/62 and 494. Detour routes will be shown on the map closer to the work dates.


494/35E bridge and ramp work


Plan Your Approach

From April to October, everyone will need to plan ahead to find the best route around the airport. That means air travelers, commuters, shippers, delivery drivers, shuttles, ride-hailing services, visitors and people traveling to and from St. Paul. We know you’ll face longer delays on highways around the airport during peak weekday travel times. Let us help you plan your route.

Click the icon below that best represents your travel needs. We’ll cover what to expect, and recommend a plan for your approach.



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Top Tip: Give yourself an extra hour on the road.

You’ll only be able to travel to (and from) the airport in one direction due to Highway 5 closures and detours.

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Track real-time traffic impacts

511mn.org provides real-time traffic impacts on freeways and highways across the state – including the area around the airport. Check it out to plan your trip using the latest information. If you use a navigation app, map the drive before you hit the road to catch delays from other projects and unrelated traffic slowdowns.

We’ll be underway in the heart of Minnesota construction season, so this may not be the only construction zone on your route.

Don’t be late to the gate

  • If you drive, give yourself an extra hour on the road.

Or, consider taking the train. Light rail arrival times won’t be affected by road construction. If possible, plan to arrive at the airport by train. It’ll make arriving at your gate on time a little less stressful.

  • Ride the METRO Blue Line. The Blue Line runs between Target Field in downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America, with stops at Terminals 1 and 2.
  • Drive, then Ride. When you’re getting a ride to the airport or driving someone else, your trip (and theirs) may be more predictable if you include light rail as part of your route.
    • The Fort Snelling and 28th Avenue stations are a quick ride from both airport terminals. Note: There is no overnight or long-term parking at these stations.

Whether people are coming to you for business or leisure, road work may affect the experience.

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What you and your guests can expect

  • Give Directions.
    Nearby destinations need to provide employees, delivery companies and customers with alternate travel plans, and create a plan for time-sensitive arrivals. We can help. Check the map, and contact us if you need more information.
  • Explore the online map to see the road closures that will occur.
  • Plan for Business.
    Work with employees, coworkers and clients to plan ahead if they’re coming your way for a meeting, convention or event.

Headed near the airport on public transit? Bus routes will be affected by construction, while train arrival times will not change.

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Light rail

Good news: light rail arrival times won’t be affected by road construction. However, ridership between the Mall of America and Target Field is anticipated to increase.

Local bus route 54

If your arrival time isn’t flexible, you may need to catch an earlier bus. Route 54 buses are adjusting the route to minimize schedule impacts during peak weekday travel times.


Highway 5 closures and detours will add extra time to your drive through the area or to nearby destinations. The longest delays are expected during peak weekday travel times.

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Expected delays

  • Highway 5. Highway 5 will be open to traffic in one direction. Between Highway 62 and 494, expect delays in the direction open to traffic.
  • Detour routes. Highways that make up detour routes will be slowed down by heavy traffic. See the map.
  • Interstate 494. It will be slow going near the airport and the 494/35E interchange during peak weekday travel times. Additionally, when eastbound 494 is closed during select weekends this summer, expect delays between Bloomington and South St. Paul.
  • Explore the online map to see the where road closures will occur.

For commuters

If you commute to work during peak weekday travel times, consider routes that avoid going near or around the airport, or talk with your employer about options to flex your hours or work remotely during construction.

Sign up to receive project email updates to get the latest traffic impacts, and bookmark this site to stay up-to-date.

For visitors

Just visiting? Check 511mn.org and navigation apps to see real-time traffic impacts, and give yourself plenty of time to travel to your destination.

For bicyclists and pedestrians

This project won’t require any trail closures.

If you travel through St. Paul using Highway 5, or live/work nearby, you’ll be impacted by construction. Highway 5 closures and detours will affect access to and from St. Paul. Plan extra time for your commute, and know your route before you hit the road.

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Planned closures

  • Highway 5 at 494. Beginning in April, Highway 5 at 494 will be closed for eastbound traffic.
  • Highway 5 at Highways 5/55/62. Beginning in July, bridges and ramps to/from westbound Highway 5 where Highways 5/55/62 meet will be closed for up to a month.
    Please note: To connect to Highway 62/55 from St. Paul you may to need follow an alternate route.
  • Highway 5 (W. 7th Street) at Davern Street. Beginning in August, Highway 5 at Davern Street will be closed for westbound traffic.
    Please note: The pedestrian bridge over Highway 5 will remain open during construction.

Know your route

Detour routes are carefully planned to reroute traffic on highways. Our goal is to preserve city streets that aren’t designed to handle highway traffic.

For more information about other road or lane closures in Saint Paul, visit the City’s website at www.stpaul.gov/roadclosures.

If the planned closures affect your drive, visit the map to view detour routes.

Frequently travel on Highway 5? Sign up to receive project email updates and bookmark this site to stay up-to-date.

Local bus route 54

If you're traveling by bus, and your arrival time isn’t flexible, you may need to catch an earlier one. Route 54 buses are adjusting the route to minimize schedule impacts during peak weekday travel times.

Businesses near the airport may be affected by road construction. We want to help you plan ahead to minimize impacts on your employees and customers.

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Affected businesses

  • Businesses located along or near the areas under construction
  • Employees use Highway 5 or 494 to get to/from your location
  • Employees or clients flying into the Twin Cities during construction
  • Customers use Highway 5 or 494 to get to/from your location, or fly in/out of MSP Airport

Not sure how to plan for traffic impacts? We have ideas to help you prepare, and we’re here if you need additional support! Email us at ask@aroundtheairport.com.

Help your employees plan ahead

  • Get Email Updates. Sign up to receive project email updates for the latest traffic impacts, and encourage employees to do the same. If you run a large business, consider assigning one person to forward the email updates to the rest of your team.
  • Flex Hours & Remote Work. Consider flex hours or remote work options for employees who travel on highways around the airport during construction.
  • Know Your Route. Encourage employees who travel around the airport to plan for a longer drive time. Send them to this site, too, for helpful planning tools. If you provide transportation services to/from the airport, make a plan to help you and guests arrive on time.

Have a meeting or event planned in 2020?

Meetings and events can be business as usual with some advance planning. Allow for extra time to get to/from business meetings and events if your route includes:

  • Highway 5 near the MSP Airport
  • 494 between Eden Prairie and South St. Paul

Meeting and event organizers can help participants by anticipating possible delays.

Prepare meeting/event attendees

  • Share Construction Alerts. Include a construction alert in meeting notifications and emails to allow participants to plan accordingly
  • Create a Travel Plan. Help participants create a plan for travel before and after your meeting/event. If they’re likely to arrive or depart during peak weekday travel times, plan accordingly.
  • Add Time for Air Travel. Remind attendees to plan extra time when traveling to and from the airport. Hotels will be rerouting airport shuttle services.

Travel Resources

  • Take a moment before you travel to make a plan. These resources can help you decide which route to take, how to get there and when you should leave.

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Check 511mn.org to see real-time road conditions, travel delays, and live highway cameras

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See transit options and up-to-date schedule information at metrotransit.org

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Visit mspairport.com for terminal, parking and security wait time information



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Media contact:
Dave Aeikens
MnDOT Metro District Communications & Engagement
david.aeikens@state.mn.us
(651) 234-7511

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