Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Hwy 169 Improvement Project

Golden Valley, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Edina Click here for more details

Hwy 169 Fact Sheet (PDF)

FAQ and Detour Map (PDF)

Construction: January 23 through October 2017

Location:Hwy 169 between Hwy 55 and just north of Hwy 62

Benefits:Improved pedestrian accessibility
Smoother road surface
Longer lasting bridge
Improved safety on Hwy 169 at 16th Street and Cedar Lake Rd

Road Closures

Jan. 23 through October 2017

 
  • Both directions of Hwy 169 between Bren Rd and 7th St. (5th St., Lincoln Dr.) will be closed as the Nine Mile Creek bridge is replaced*
  • Northbound detour: EB Hwy 62, NB Hwy 100, WB I-394 to Hwy 169
  • Southbound detour: WB I-394, SB I-494 to Hwy 169
*Advantages of a full closure:
  • Reduces construction impacts from 3 years to 1 year by consolidating all of the planned Hwy 169 projects
  • Allows construction to occur on Hwy 169 at a time when less construction is occurring on alternate routes
  • Significantly reduces the risk to workers and motorists in the work zone

Lane Closure

Mon, April 10 through Sept. 1
  • Both directions of Hwy 169 are a single lane from 5th St and Lincoln Dr to I-394
Mar. 6 through late-May
  • One lane of NB 169 and SB Washington Ave. is closed from Seventh St. to Excelsior Blvd while crews replace a concrete barrier and noise wall
Jan. 23 through October
  • NB Hwy 169 is a single lane from Hwy 62 to Bren Rd

Ramp Closures

Tue, Jan. 23 through October
  • Entrance ramp from WB I-394 to SB Hwy 169 will be closed

Future

Lane Closures

April 1, 2017 through October 2017
  • Both directions of Hwy 169 will be a single lane from 5th S. to Minnetonka Blvd
  • Both directions of Hwy 169 will be a single lane from Minnetonka Blvd to Hwy 55 for repair of the Minnetonka bridge spanning Hwy 169

Ramp Closures

Summer 2017
  • SB Hwy 169 ramps to and from 16th St. will close permanently
Alternate Routes

From I-394: Hopkins Crossroad interchange, Wayzata Blvd. (South Frontage Road) to Ford Rd.

From Hwy 169: Cedar Lake Rd. (interchange) to Ford Rd., or, Betty Crocker Dr., Shelard Pkwy., Wayzata Blvd (South Frontage Rd) to Ford Rd.

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I-94

Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center Click here for more details

Schedule: Construction: Mar. 20, 2017, into summer 2018, weather permitting

Location: I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Pkwy in Brooklyn Center

Benefits:Smoother road surface
Longer lasting bridges and pavement
Improved drainage
Reduced damage to freight goods in transport

Traffic Impacts

Watch the I-94 Project Construction video to learn more about what is to come this year.

Current

Watch for temporary, off-peak lane closures throughout the project area.

Note: The State Patrol will be enforcing the 60 mph speed limit throughout the workzone. Please drive with care for your safety and the safety of the work crews.

Speed limits will be reduced to 50 mph while crews are working one lane from traffic.

Now open

The ramp from WB I-94 to Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues

Road closures

Mon, May 8 through mid-July

SB Hwy 252 to EB I-94 will be closed for bridge work

Detour: WB I-94/I-694 to SB Hwy 100 to EB I-394. See detour map.

Lane closures

Note: Expect Lane shifts and restrictions on EB I-94 and WB I-94 between Shingle Creek Pkwy and Nicollet Ave. in Mpls through the end of 2017.

Portland Ave. Tunnel work will include a single lane closure. Watch for these lane closures overnight.

Mon, May 8 through Mon, June 12

WB I-94 to WB I-394 will be reduced to a single lane. The I-394 HOV Reversible Lane will be used for all motorists traveling from WB I-94 to WB I-394 or to Hwy 100.

Note: MnPASS customers will not be charged a fee to use the WB I-394 Reversible Lane during this time as the lanes will be open to all WB I-94 to WB I-394 traffic.

Mpls traffic to WB I-394 will use the WB I-394 general purpose lanes. During this time, the I-394 Reversible Lanes will be closed to EB I-394 and Hwy 100 to EB I-94 or to downtown Mpls traffic. All EB I-394 and Hwy 100 traffic will be on the general purpose lanes.

8 p.m. Fri, May 5 until 5 a.m. Mon, May 8

SB Hwy 252 will be reduced to a single lane between I-694 to I-94

April 4 through fall

WB I-94 has two lanes closed from Hwy 55 to Hwy 252

Shoulder closed between 42nd and 49th Avenues and Broadway Ave.

April 3 through fall

WB I-94 is reduced to two lanes from I-394

The left lane of WB I-94 is closed from Hwy 55 in Minneapolis to Broadway Ave.

EB I-94 is reduced to two lanes from Hwy 252 to Hwy 55

Mar. 20 through late-June

EB I-94 is reduced to two lanes between I-694/I-94 split and Hwy 252. Traffic shifted to outside shoulder at Shingle Creek Bridge

Ramp closures

Mon, May 8 to mid-July

WB I-694 to EB I-94 is closed

Mon, May 8 through Sat, June 24

EB I-94 to WB I-394 is closed

Detour: EB I-94 to SB I-35W to WB Hwy 62 to NB Hwy 100 to WB I-394. See detour map.

Mon, May 8 through Mon, June 12

Lyndale Ave. to WB I-394 is closed

Detour: NB Lyndale Ave. to WB Hwy 55 to SB Hwy 100 to WB I-394. See detour map.

10 p.m. Fri, May 5 to 7 a.m. Sat, May 6

SB 252 to EB/WB I-694, Hwy 100 and WB I-94 is closed

May 2 through Tue, May 16

Shingle Creek Pkwy to WB I-94/I-694 and WB I-94/I-694 to Shingle Creek Pkwy are closed

Shingle Creek Pkwy to WB I-94/I-694 Detour: Continue on WB I-94/I-694 and exit at Brooklyn Blvd, take SB Brooklyn Blvd to EB I-94/I-694 on ramp and exit at Shingle Creek Pkwy

WB I-94/I-694 to Shingle Creek Pkwy Detour: Take Shingle Creek Pkwy/69th Ave. to SB Brooklyn Blvd to WB I-94/I-694 entrance ramp

See detour map

April 24 through Mon, May 8

WB I-94 to SB Lyndale Ave. will be closed

Detour: 11th St. to Hennepin Ave. or 7th St.

4th Ave. to WB I-94

Detour: 11th St. to Hennepin Ave.

April 19 through mid-May

3rd St. to WB I-94 will be reduced to one lane

Detour: 2nd Ave N to NB Washington Ave. to I-94 entrance ramp at 22nd Ave. N. See detour map.

April 10 through mid-May

EB I-94 to EB I-694 and Hwy 252 is closed

April 1 through July

49th Ave. to EB I-94 is closed

Detour: 49th Ave. to Bryant Ave. to 45th Ave. then Lyndale Ave. to Dowling St. exit. See detour Map.

Sidewalk and path closures

April 5 through Friday, May 5

The sidewalk and Loring Greenway bicycle path near the Hennepin and Lyndale ramp to eastbound I-94 is closed at Ridgewood Ave. and reopened at Groveland Ave. A temporary path is set up nearby using concrete barriers.

Detour: Ridgewood Ave. to Pillsbury Ave. S to Groveland Ave.

Upcoming

Ramp closures

Wed, May 10 through Wed, May 17

Third St ramp to WB I-94 will be closed

Future

For details on detour routes, you can view the I-94 project detour map.

Bridge and Tunnel work

Short-term and long-term bridge

One side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel will be closed from late-June to September

During tunnel repair the following ramps will be closed:
EB I-94 to SB I-35W
EB I-394 to EB I-94 closed during EB I-94 tunnel repair
EB Hwy 55 to EB I-94
The WB I-94 ramp from NB I-35W
Detour: WB Hwy 62 to NB Hwy 100
The EB I-394 ramp to EB I-94 closed during eastbound work on Lowry Tunnel
Detour: SB Hwy 100 to EB Hwy 62 to NB I-35W
Some parking under freeway bridges will be restricted during repairs

Truck traffic

All trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds will be prohibited from the Lowry Hill Tunnel during project work

Lane Closures

The interstate will be reduced to two lanes both directions from May to August

One side of I-94 will be closed for four weekends in August

I-494/Hwy 62 Congestion Relief Study

 

Minneapolis, Richfield, Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Edina

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About the study

This study focuses on I-494 and Highway 62 between the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on the east and the I-494/Highway62 interchange on the west. Both corridors are being studied because improvements to either corridor are likely to impact the adjacent parallel corridor. The study will identify potential MnPASS lane additions; other mobility improvements such as auxiliary lanes, turn lanes, dynamic shoulders and interchange modifications; and transit improvements such as bus-only shoulders and transit access improvements.

 

Study goals

  • Increase the number of people (not vehicles) that move through each highway corridor
  • Enhance economic vitality for the public and private businesses in the Twin Cities region
  • Enhance safety and mobility by providing congestion free travel options
  • Enhance and maintain advantages for transit, taxi cabs, airport shuttles,  carpools, and non-motorized connections (pedestrian, bicycle, and light-rail)
  • Use existing roads, right-of-way, and performance based principles and improvements that are lower-cost and provide a high-return on investment.
  • Coordinate timing with other scheduled and funded projects
  • Involve the public and stakeholders in the study

Next steps

MnDOT will use the results from the study to determine whether to move into the environmental/pre-design process for specific improvements on one or both corridors, and/or to add specific improvements to programmed projects, or to seek additional funding for future actions.

Background

 

As the greater Minneapolis region continues to grow and develop, traffic volumes will also continue to increase. There are areas along both I-494 and Highway 62 that are experiencing high levels of congestion today.

The Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Policy Plan and MnDOT planning documents recommend a system of MnPASS Express Lanes throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.  MnPASS lanes currently exist on I-35W, I-394 and I-35E. Several other corridors are being studied for future MnPASS lanes including this study of the I-494 and Highway 62 corridors.

Interstate 494 and Highway 62 are parallel freeways connecting communities to employment and retail destinations in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield  and to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport.

Schedule

Study ongoing - anticipated completion is late 2016

Location

I-494 and Highway 62 between Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on the east and I-494/Highway 62 interchange on the west.

Related

MnPASS

This powerpoint offers much more detail about the project Click here

Hwy 100 Reconstruction and Resurface

St Louis Park, Edina, BloomingtonClick here for more details

Construction: August 2014 - November 2016

Benefits: Enhances safety
Improves accessibility and mobility

West 36th Street to 25½ Street

The dates for some traffic impacts are not known yet, but will be posted as soon as they are determined. Dates may change due to weather.

Currently

April 14-Nov. 2016
  • SB Hwy 100 will be reduced to two lanes
April - Aug. 2016
  • Spring 2016, the Hwy 7 Bridge will be removed. View detour map (PDF) - Hwy 7 over Hwy 100 closed
  • All Hwy 7/Hwy 100 ramps closed
  • Hwy 100 between 36th St. and north of Hwy 7 Bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, traffic will be moved to the SB side of Hwy 100
  • NB Hwy 100 ramp to EB Hwy 7 will open (no access to west Hwy 7/ Co Rd 25) Both directions of Hwy 7 between Wooddale Avenue and Hwy 100 will remain closed
  • SB Hwy 100 ramp to Hwy 7 will remain closed
  • Loop from EB Hwy 7 to NB Hwy 100 will remain closed

Ongoing

  • Minnetonka Blvd between Salem and West Lake St. is open
  • Hwy 7 between Beltline Ave. and Wooddale Ave. will be closed until fall 2016
  • Detour: Excelsior Blvd. and Louisiana Ave.
  • All ramps to and from Hwy 100 and Hwy 7, EXCEPT NB Hwy 100 to Hwy 7, are closed
  • Cedar Lake Regional Trail over Hwy 100 is closed
  • Detour: Trail users will be directed to Hwy 7 (closed to vehicles and buses) over Hwy 100 and routed back to the trail. Trail Detour Map (PDF)
Upcoming
Weekend Closures - April 22
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  • Hwy 100 from I-394 to Hwy 62 closed beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 22 through 5 a.m. Monday, April 25
  • Detour: I-35W, I-394, Hwy 62

Aug - Nov. 2016

  • Hwy 7 over Hwy 100 closed
  • Minnetonka Blvd ramp to SB Hwy 100 closed
  • Hwy 100 between 36th Street and just north of Hwy 7 bridge will have two lanes of traffic in each direction on the northbound side of Hwy 100
  • NB 100 ramp to EB Hwy 7 ramp open- all other Hwy7/Hwy 100 ramps closed
  • 36th ramp to NB Hwy 100 closed

West 36th St to Hwy 62

Currently

April 4-mid August

  • 50th St. ramp to NB Hwy 100 will close. The ramp will reopen in mid-August.
  • Detour: Motorists traveling WB on W 50th St. will be detoured to SB Hwy 100 to Hwy 62 loop to NB Hwy 100.

April 12-end of July

  • Two lanes of traffic for both directions of Hwy 100 between Hwy 62 and W 36th St. All lanes will reopen in end-July

April 18 through 23

  • Ramp from Excelsior Blvd to SB 100 will be closed
  • Detour: NB Hwy 100 Frontage Rd., to WB 36th St., to SB Woodale Ave., to SB 100
  • Southbound Hwy 100 loop to Excelsior Blvd closed
  • Detour: 50th St., SB 100 and Excelsior Blvd

I-494 Rehabilitation

Plymouth Click here for more details

This project has been completed

Location: I-494 between I-394 and I-694 (Fish Lake Interchange)

Benefits: Smoother road surface
Extends bridge life
Lessens congestion during peak hours

I-494 Improvement Projects

Edina, Bloomington, Richfield

This project has been completed

Project Benefits

  • Improved ride quality for motorists will be increased
  • Improved traffic flow
  • Reduced maintenance needs from replacing guard rail with concrete median barrier
  • Future opportunities to match local development goals for the area due to replacement of the Xerxes Avenue Bridge

Hwy 169 Bloomington Ferry Bridge Improvement

Shakopee, Bloomington, Eden Prairie

This project has been completed

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Traffic impacts

Lane closures

All businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project. Real-time traveler information will be available at www.511mn.org.

  • Aug. 7- Aug. 23 - North and southbound traffic will each travel in a single lane on the southbound lanes of the highway and the following ramps to and from northbound Hwy 169 will be closed. (PDF, 289 KB)
    • Pioneer Trail
    • Old Shakopee Road
    • Hwy 101
    • County Road 21
  • July 26, 10 p.m.- Aug. 7 - North and southbound traffic will each travel in a single lane on the northbound lanes of the highway and the following ramps to and from southbound Hwy 169 will be closed:
    • Pioneer Trail
    • Old Shakopee Road
    • Hwy 101
    • County Road 21
  • Once work is complete on the southbound side of the roadway traffic will switch to the southbound lanes. Crews will begin work on the northbound lanes.

Lane closures

  • Hwy 101, Hwy 41 or I-35W

About this project

Summary of work

  • Improve Hwy 13/101 weaving concerns (see zipper merge)
  • Replace strip seal joints on Bloomington Ferry Bridge
  • Shoulder work in both directions
  • Drainage repair where needed

Schedule

  • July 26 through late-August 2013

Location

  • Hwy 169 between Hwy 101 (Shakopee) and Pioneer Trail (Bloomington, Eden Prairie)

Documents

Click here for more information

TH 169/I-494 Interchange

This project was completed in late 2012.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169/index.html

 

View of Completed Interchange
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Project Benefits

Improved safety and mobility by converting this expressway to a freeway. This work included:

  • Reconstructing the interchange with six connections
  • Removing traffic signals
  • Connecting the north and south frontage roads under Hwy 169
  • Building noise walls
  • Constructing drainage and water quality facilities