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News Release

September 27, 2004

Full Closure of I-494 Scheduled In Minnetonka


Roseville, Minn.— The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will close all lanes of I-494 in both directions between Highway 62 and Highway 7 for demolition of the north half of the Excelsior Boulevard Bridge , from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct.1 until 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4. The pedestrian bridge south of Excelsior Blvd. will also be removed at this time. The removal work will occur continuously throughout the night and day. Residents living near the work zone are advised to keep windows closed and be prepared for increased noise levels during the closure. Motorists are advised to use other routes if possible.Backups are expected.

All I-494 traffic will be detoured to Highway 62, Highway 169 and Highway 7 during the closure. All Excelsior Blvd. traffic will be detoured to Eden Prairie Rd. , Glen Lake Blvd. , County Rd. 62 and Baker Rd.

Please note: Excelsior Blvd. will close September 27 due to work being done by the city of Minnetonka on Excelsior Blvd. between Baker Road and the I-494 bridge. The six week road closure is necessary to allow storm sewer construction and private utility work to be completed as part of the Excelsior Blvd. and Baker Road intersection improvement project. Detours will be posted. For more information about this project, contact the city of Minnetonka engineering department at (952) 939-8236 or email

For daily updates of project information call the I-494 Reconstruction: Stage 2 --- Hwy 5 to I-394 Information Hotline at (952) 908-2929, or Public Information Office at (952) 908-2907, or on the web site at, or e-mail

Traveler information, including incident reports, is available by calling 511 or logging on to Know the Road. Dial up or log on.



Beth Petrowske, Mn/DOT
Metro District Communications

Additional Information:
I-494 Reconstruction: Stage 2---Hwy 5 to I-394

Daily Updates Project Information Hotline: (952) 908-2929

Public Information Office: (952) 908-2907

Web site:



Metro District:
1500 County Road B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Office Tel: 612/582-1000