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Nov. 20, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
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Hwy 169/I-494 ramps, road and roundabout opening late on Nov. 21
Hwy 169 daytime lane closures Nov. 21


ROSEVILLE, Minn. –  Motorists will encounter several traffic changes at the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange in Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie as new ramps, a roundabout, and the frontage road north of I-494 open by 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.


West 78th Street, between Hwy 169 and Washington Avenue, along with the ramp from West 78th Street to westbound Interstate 494 will open at the same time, weather permitting. Also opening at this time will be the roundabout located on West 78th Street and the ramp from southbound Hwy 169 to West 78th Street. 


In addition W. 78th Street north of I-494 will open beneath Hwy 169, and motorists will be able to use the frontage road connecting Prairie Center Drive and West Bush Lake Road.


Between 9 a.m. and noon Nov. 21, both directions of 169 will have a lane closed from Valley View Road to Anderson Lakes Parkway as crews finish striping and rerouting traffic to its permanent configuration.


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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