Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Rethinking I-94

I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul

About this project

Hwy 149 project map
Rethinking I-94 Study area map.
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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.