Ribbon-cutting Ceremony to Recognize Completion of East Bush Lake Road Westbound Ramp to I-494
Bloomington, MN—A long-awaited access point to I-494—the new westbound on-ramp at East Bush Lake Road—will be open to drivers soon. The on-ramp will relieve traffic problems in the Normandale Lake area, Bloomington’s western gateway, and help ease congestion at the TH 100/I-494 interchange.
- WHAT: A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the East Bush Lake Road westbound on-ramp to I-494.
- WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 p.m.
- WHERE: 7831 East Bush Lake Road
- WHO: Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead and Metropolitan Council Member Steve Elkins
The East Bush Lake Road and I-494 interchange has been without a westbound on-ramp since its construction in 1960. Since then, development and redevelopment has happened in the Normandale Lake area with new high-rise office towers, hotels, four- and five-story office buildings, townhomes and high-rise condominiums. The on-ramp’s inverted loop interchange design helped clear up previous project conflicts with the existing railroad bridge. The design provides westbound access without interrupting the exiting freight and commercial delivery railroad tracks just west of East Bush Lake Road.
The funding for the $13.3 million project includes grants from both the state-level Transportation and Economic Development (TED) grant and Federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) as well as other revenue sources from Hennepin County and the City of Bloomington.