The first of four projects in Minnesota Department of Transportation’s I-494 vision is in the works. Reconstruction of I-494 from the Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport to Highway 169 is scheduled to begin in 2023, following a community engagement, design and environmental review process. Work on the first project will extend from East Bush Lake Road to 12th Avenue.
This project will include changes to I-494 access at Nicollet Avenue, Portland Avenue and 12th Avenue; MnPASS and auxiliary lanes between I-35W and Highway 100; and a flyover ramp for traffic moving from northbound I-35W to westbound I-494.
Construction on the first project is expected to begin in late summer 2023. The project team has not yet determined how long it will take to construct the entire project.
The project is funded through state and federal programs. In 2018, Corridors of Commerce, a state road improvement grant program, awarded $204 million to address congestion and safety along I-494. In 2021, the United States Department of Transportation awarded $60 million to aid in the construction of project 1 of the I-494 corridor vision implementation plan.
To learn more, make comments or ask questions about the project, visit blm.mn/letstalk or call Civil Engineer Amy Marohn at 952-563-4532. You can also attend MnDOT’s virtual open house for the project at 494openhouse.com.