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News Release
January 13, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Washington Avenue temporarily closes beginning Jan. 21


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a local road closure and detour when Washington Avenue between Viking Drive and W. 76th Street in Edina/Eden Prairie closes at 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.


During the closure a posted detour will direct motorists to use W. 76th Street, Golden Triangle Drive and Viking Drive. Access to all businesses on Washington Avenue and Viking Drive will be maintained during the closure via the detour routes.

Washington Avenue will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 31, weather permitting.


Part of the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project, the closure is necessary for crews to install a large culvert beneath the roadway at the Nine Mile Creek Crossing.


The Hwy 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project includes turning the current expressway into a freeway by rebuilding the interchange with six ramps instead of eight. The performance-based design removes traffic signals, reduces congestion and improves safety.


For more information on the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project, call the Hwy 169/I-494 Project hotline at 1-877-563-4768, e-mail or visit


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