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News Release
March 26, 2012




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


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Hwy 169/I-494 traffic signal soon to be back in service

Traffic signal temporarily in place as crews reconstruct the southbound lanes of Highway 169


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists on northbound Highway 169 in Bloomington and Edina will experience delays as a traffic signal just north of I-494 soon goes back into service.


The traffic signal will be put into service as soon as electrical power has been connected, as early as Thursday, March 29 (further updates will be made as soon as the final date is determined).


The signal is needed for an upcoming traffic switch on Highway 169 as part of the Highway 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project. All traffic will soon be using the new northbound lanes and shifted to the east at the interchange so that the southbound lanes can be reconstructed. The current merge lane from westbound I-494 to northbound Highway 169 will not be available during this shift and the signal is needed to allow traffic from westbound I-494 to safely access northbound Hwy 169.


The traffic signal will remain in operation through fall 2012. No other traffic signals at the interchange will be put back into service.


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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