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News Release
Nov. 9, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Watch for night-time I-494 lane closures Nov. 12-15


(Roseville, Minn.) – Motorists may encounter delays on both directions of I- 494 in Bloomington beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 13 and 14 when the left lane will close both directions of I-494 at Xerxes Avenue.

At 11 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 14, both directions of 494 will be reduced to a single lane at Xerxes Avenue.

All lanes will reopen each day by 5 a.m. Nov. 13, 14 and 15.

The lane closures are necessary as crews begin pile driving for foundations on the new Xerxes Avenue Bridge.

Noise and vibration are associated with pile driving, and MnDOT and its contractor will take care to minimize both.


This work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in case of inclement weather.

This work is part of the larger I-494 improvement project.  For information, visit the project website at


The I-494 improvement project will raise the vertical clearance and update pedestrian accessibilities on the Xerxes Avenue Bridge, provide a smoother driving service and extend the lifespan of I-494, improve traffic flow due to added auxiliary lanes, and reduce maintenance needs by replacing guardrail with concrete barrier in the median. The entire project is expected to be completed by September 2013.


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