About the project
Four projects to repair and replace pavement and construct auxiliary lanes are currently programmed for this corridor:
- Eastbound and westbound lanes on I-94 will be resurfaced with a concrete overlay between Stearns CR 75 in St. Augusta and the Wright County line in Clearwater.
- A westbound I-94 collector-distributor lane will be constructed in Albertville to connect the interchanges at Wright CR 37 and Wright CR 19, providing full access for westbound travelers. This project received more than $5 million in funding through the Transportation Economic Developmentprogram.
- A concrete pavement repair project will rehabilitate the westbound driving lanes from the Crow River in St. Michael to Monticello. A short section of eastbound I-94 at Albertville also will be repaired.
- A pavement replacement project will improve eastbound and westbound driving lanes in Monticello. An auxiliary lane between Wright CR 18 and Hwy 25 also will be constructed.
I-94 is one of the fastest growing corridors in the state, connecting Central Minnesota to the Twin Cities Metro Area. In summer, it is one of the main recreational routes into the lakes areas of Minnesota. The posted speed on I-94 is 70 mph. By 2025, actual travel speeds are expected to drop to 56 mph.
The corridor crash rate approximates the statewide average. Current traffic volumes increase from 35,500 east of Hwy 15 near St. Cloud to 72,000 between St. Michael and Rogers. In 2030, traffic volumes are projected to be more than 58,000 east of Hwy 15 in St. Cloud and more than 125,000 between St. Michael and Rogers.
- Increased safety and mobility
- Decreased maintenance costs