Cliff Road/ I-35W Southbound Ramp Improvements

January 2022 Project Update

Plans and specifications have been completed. We are working to finalize an agreement with the Union Pacific Railway and then can start project bidding. We are anticipating the project to start this (2022) construction season. More information will be upcoming on construction details, and timing as it becomes available.

February 2021 Project Update

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Watch this video for an overview of this project and its current progress. Construction is expected to begin without major traffic impacts in fall 2021 and continue in spring 2022 with necessary traffic detours in the area.  

Project Overview

The Cliff Road at I-35W South Ramp Improvement Project is a city led project that reconstructs the existing thru-stop (T) intersection at the intersection of I-35W Southbound Ramp and Cliff Road W (CSAH 32) to a roundabout approximately 200’ south. The project extends Cliff Road W (CSAH 32) to provide improved access and mobility to the adjacent industrial area generating high volumes of freight and commuter traffic immediately adjacent to the I-35W corridor. The immediate need for this project is to remedy the existing inadequate sight lines and speed reduction distance for high speed traffic exiting the freeway, primarily heavy commercial trucks accessing the industrial area.

This city-led project is being completed in partnership with Dakota County and MnDOT. The total estimated project cost of the Cliff Road at I-35W South Ramp Improvement Project is $6.5 million dollars. The City has secured $3 million in funding from federal and state grants.  The remainder will be funded by City of Burnsville and Dakota County.


Please contact Burnsville Public Works Director Ryan Peterson if you have questions regarding the project, 952-895-4459.

Cliff Road at I-35W South Ramp Realignment