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Nov. 6, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
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Postponed—Ramps and roundabout opening at Highway 169/Interstate 494 rescheduled for Nov. 9

Highwood Drive at 169 permanent closing also rescheduled


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Due to inclement weather tonight’s opening of the Interstate 494 south frontage road, ramps and roundabout in Bloomington, Edina and Eden Prairie has been re-scheduled to open Nov. 9, weather permitting.


As a reminder, Marth Road along with the ramp from Marth Road to eastbound Interstate 494 will now open the evening of Nov. 7.  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 Highway 169. 


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


The ramp from Washington Avenue to southbound Highway 169, along with the ramp from eastbound I-494 to W. 78th Street/Washington Avenue, will also open during this same timeframe.  Eastbound I-494 exit signs will identify this new ramp as Washington Avenue only.


The Highway 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 Highway 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project, call the Highway 169/I-494 Project hotline at 1-877-563-4768, e-mail or visit


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