Arden Hills, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada
You will encounter a concrete median barrier dividing westbound I-694 between Rice St. and Lexington Ave. This switch will require choosing a lane, view the Part 2: Driving Tips video to learn more about how to handle the lane separation.
Watch for nightly lane closures and construction activity as MnDOT begins switching traffic to the new bypass lanes on the outside of the current roadway. The switch will begin on EB I-694 between Lexington Ave. and Rice St.
Once completed, the crews will switch westbound traffic into two lanes separated by a concrete barrier between I-35E and Lexington Ave. Reference the Part 2 Video: Driving Tips for details on how to handle the lane separation.
The inside (left) lane will carry through traffic through the work zone with no access to local roads. The outside (right) lane will carry traffic with access to local roads until November.
The ramp from Rice St. to WB I-694 will close in early June until November.
Nearby residences and businesses may experience some noise during nighttime construction work. Construction crews will be removing pavement and repaving on both sides of the interstate to build bypass lanes to carry traffic during the upcoming third lane construction.
MnDOT will keep two lanes of traffic open in each direction. Temporary lanes around the construction zone will separate traffic from construction work.
The two lanes of westbound traffic will be separated by a concrete median barrier, which will require motorists to choose a lane at the beginning of the work zone. Drivers in the left thru lane will be unable to exit the interstate between Rice St. and westbound 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 will be routed into the right local access lane.
Eastbound traffic lanes will not be separated by barrier and will function as normal although traffic will be shifted onto bypass lanes.
Next year’s work will rebuild the eastbound lanes with the same traffic restrictions.
Know Your Route - watch this three part series to prepare for the construction coming to 694 between Lexington Ave. in Arden Hills and Rice St. in Little Canada in Spring 2016.
Part 1 - Brief Project Overview
Part 2 - Project Phases and Driving Tips
- 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 Little Canada Road in Shoreview
Improve storm water drainage throughout the corridor.
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.