About this project
Construction of I-94 in the 1960s destroyed homes, disconnected neighborhoods and led to a pattern of community distrust with the Minnesota Highway Department — now MnDOT. In the summer of 2015, MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle publicly acknowledged past transportation policies that dismantled neighborhoods and apologized to the Rondo community — one of the communities most affected by construction.
MnDOT is committed to doing better. Rethinking I-94 is a long-term effort to improve MnDOT’s engagement and relationships with the communities in a 15-mile study area between St. Paul and Minneapolis. With a focus on easier, safer travel in the corridor, Rethinking I-94 intends to reconnect neighborhoods, revitalize communities and ensure residents have a meaningful voice in transportation decisions that affect their lives.
Phase 1 (2016-2018)
In 2016, MnDOT kick started Phase 1 of Rethinking I-94 in an effort to:
- Conduct initial engagement with stakeholders
- Research existing conditions
- Develop ideas for improving safety and traffic congestion
A full report detailing Phase 1 is available to view on the Rethinking I-94 Phase 1 page.
Phase 2 (2018-2020)
MnDOT is now into Phase 2 of Rethinking I-94, which includes:
- Continuing engagement
- Developing and evaluating alternatives for I-94
- Identifying actions to address I-94 needs.
- Preparing environmental documentation
Phase 2 is scheduled to continue through 2020.