Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info


Arden Hills, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada

Traffic Impacts

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map

I-694 project location map

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Learn about this project


Ramp Closure

Mon, Oct. 17 through Fri, Nov. 18
  • WB I-694 to Victoria St.

    Detour: Continue west on I-694 to Lexington Avenue and then cross I-694 and drive east to Victoria St.

  • Victoria St. to WB I-694

    Detour: Travel south on Victoria St., west on Co Rd E and north on Lexington Ave. to WB I-694

Median Barrier

May through Fri, Nov. 18
  • Westbound traffic split into two lanes separated by a concrete barrier between I-35E and Lexington Ave.
  • The inside (left) lane carries through traffic the length of the work zone with no access to local roads. The outside (right) lane carries traffic with access to local roads until November
Westbound Traffic

The two lanes of westbound traffic are separated by a concrete median barrier, which requires WB I-694 motorists to choose a lane at the beginning of the work zone. Motorists traveling from NB I-35E to WB I-694 are only able to access the local access lane.

  • Drivers in the left thru lane will be unable to exit the interstate between Rice St. and WB Hwy 10 and will get their first opportunity to exit the thru lane at I-35W.
  • Traffic in the right local access lane will be able to exit the freeway as usual. However the ramps at Rice St., Victoria St. and Lexington Ave. will be closed at some point during the year for reconstruction. MnDOT will not close two adjacent ramps at the same time.

If you are traveling on WB I-694, you will need to know your route and be prepared to choose a lane before reaching Rice St. All traffic from NB I-35E to WB I-694 is routed into the right local access lane.

Eastbound Traffic

Eastbound traffic lanes are not be separated by a barrier and function as normal, although traffic is shifted onto bypass lanes.

Next year’s work will rebuild the eastbound lanes with the same traffic restrictions.


Winter 2016-17

  • The new third lane of the westbound interstate will be permanently open for the winter (and beyond) and the eastbound lanes through the same area will be back to their original location until construction begins anew in 2017.

Eastbound lanes

  • A third lane will be added to the eastbound interstate using the same technique on the westbound lanes: two lanes of traffic separated by a concrete median barrier. The inside lane with be a through lane and the outside lane will allow access to local roadways along the corridor between Lexington Ave. and Rice St.

Video Series

Know Your Route - watch this four part series to learn about the work on I-694 and how to drive the work zone between Lexington Ave. in Arden Hills and Rice St. in Little Canada from Spring 2016 through Fall 2017.

Part 1 - Brief Project Overview

Part 2 - Project Phases and Driving Tips

Part 3 - Impact on Minnesota's Economy

Part 4 - Know Your Route

About this project

Summary of work

  • Add a third general purpose lane in each direction between Rice St. and Lexington Ave.
  • Reconstruct I-694 between Rice St. and Lexington Ave.
  • Rebuild interstate ramps at Lexington Ave., Victoria St, and Rice St.
  • Open the right lane of the bridge from northbound I-35E to westbound I-694. The right lane will become an exit-only lane to Rice St.
  • Build a noise wall along the south side of I-694 west of Rice Street in Shoreview
  • Improve storm water drainage throughout the corridor.
  • Project information flyer (PDF)

A noise study conducted in the area in 2014 showed that a noise barrier constructed south of I-694 and west of Rice St. would reduce the noise from traffic for some property owners and residents. Residents and property owners who will have a reduction in noise of at least five (5) decibels voted on construction of a noise barrier in April 2015. They approved its construction as part of this project in 2016. More information about noise barriers.