The Minnesota Department of Transportation is currently conducting an interchange planning study on Interstate 94 in Alexandria. MnDOT is developing various concepts to apply for funding and to have approved concepts ready to submit to FHWA for approval.
Key project elements
- Provide additional efficient access to Alexandria to and from I-94
- Alleviate the anticipated projected congestion on Hwy 29 near Exit 103 by providing alternate access
- Provide additional access for freight traffic to CR 45 and CR 46 to and from I-94
Design options for public consideration
MnDOT will be designing an interchange two miles east of the I-94 and Highway 29 in Douglas County. As part of its outreach, MnDOT is requesting the public's feedback on the Interchange design by bringing forward four options for public consideration.
Interchange - Option 1
The north portion of the interchange as a folded diamond and the south portion as a conventional diamond. The interchange bridge passes over I-94 at a northwest skew. A weave area is located between the Lake Burgen rest area entrance ramp and the NW loop. Roundabouts are proposed at the interchange at-grade intersections.
Interchange - Option 2
The north portion of the interchange is a folded diamond and the south portion a conventional diamond. The interchange bridge passes over I-94 at a northwest skew. A weave area is located between the rest area entrance ramp and the NW Loop. Roundabouts are proposed at the interchange at-grade intersections. Intersections are offset 1500 feet along I-94. This pushes the south ramps to the East, closer to CR 23 SE.
Interchange - Option 3
The interchange as a conventional diamond with a collector-distributor (C-D) road along WB I-94. The C-D road accommodates the rest area ramps, the north interchange ramps, and the weave area between the Rest Area Entrance Ramp and the NE Ramp. The C-D road requires the rest area ramps to be partially reconstructed. The interchange bridge passes over I-94 at a northwest skew.
Interchange - Option 4
Is the no-build alternative. No interchange is proposed for this concept.