Saint Paul City Council approved plans to add carpool lanes on Interstate 35E from Saint Paul to Maplewood and Little Canada.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation MnPass lanes would run from Pennsylvania Avenue to Little Canada Road. The construction would be expected to start in 2014 and end in 2015, the Pioneer Press said. The project proposal is waiting for further approval.
The express lanes will be free for bus riders and cars with two or more people. Single drivers can use them for a fee during rush hours, the Star Tribune said.
The project is expected to cost over $100 million, the Star Tribune said.
MnDOT officials believe it is an important connection between downtown Saint Paul and the northern suburbs, the Pioneer Press said. Reconstruction of the pavement between Maryland Avenue and Little Canada Road would also be a part of the project, along with a few bridges over I-35 East, the Pioneer Press said.