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News Release
Nov. 1, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
Office of Communications
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Roseville, MN 55113


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Ramps and roundabout to open at Hwy 169/I- 494 Nov. 6
Highwood Drive at Hwy 169 to close permanently


ROSEVILLE, Minn. –  Motorists will experience traffic changes at the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange in Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie as the new ramps, a roundabout and the frontage road south of I-494 open late on  Nov. 6, weather permitting.


Marth Road, along with the ramp from Marth Road to eastbound I-494, will open in the evening. Also opening will be the roundabout located on Marth Road.  In addition W. 78th Street/Washington Avenue south of  I-494 will open and motorists will be able to cross beneath Hwy 169. 


Once the road and ramp are open Highwood Drive will be closed permanently at Hwy 169, and a cul de sac will be constructed.  The ramp from northbound Hwy 169 to Highwood Drive will route motorists directly to the roundabout and frontage road.


Also on Nov. 6, the ramp from Washington Avenue to southbound Hwy 169, along with the ramp from eastbound I-494 to W. 78th Street/Washington Avenue, will open during this timeframe.  Eastbound I-494 exit signs will identify this new ramp as Washington Avenue only.


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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