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Rethinking I-94

94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul


Neighborhoods along I-94 are home to nearly 750,000 people, several colleges and universities, libraries, art galleries, theaters, parks and museums. These neighborhoods, which our earliest residents called home, are experiencing a resurgence of activity. Residents are raising families, building businesses and civic leaders are reinvesting in public amenities as diverse as a major league soccer stadium and parks and community gardens that help build and sustain our community.

I-94: The heart of the Twin Cities metro area

Hwy 25 Mayer project area location map

Rethinking I-94 Study Area Infographic.

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  • This stretch of interstate includes 80+ miles of pavement, four tunnels and more than 145 bridges, many of which were built in the 1960's and 1970's.
  • 1.75 million people live in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Of those, 250,000 live within one mile of I-94.
  • There are 23 rich and diverse neighborhoods with 70 schools, 24 theaters, 10 stadiums/arenas, 54 parks, and 7 municipal and county libraries.
  • Traffic volumes along I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul currently exceed 150,000 trips per day; Average of 4+ hours of congestion each day.
  • More than 2 million transit riders use this stretch if interstate every year.

I-94 Video Series

I-94 Documentary

A two-part documentary about I-94 aired on a local Twin Cities television station in April.

Part One - Interstate 94: A History and Its Impact

This video focuses on the construction of I-94 in the middle of the 20th Century and the affect it had on the communities it bisected.

I-94 Part One Documentary

Part Two - Interstate 94: Today and Tomorrow

This video focuses on the here and now as it relates to I-94 through the Twin Cities, as well as continuing work to engage with communities along the interstate in an effort to develop a comprehensive, community-based vision for the corridor.