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News Release
March 28, 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 to be put in service overnight March 29
Overnight traffic switch and lane closures also scheduled


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists on northbound Hwy 169 in Bloomington and Edina will encounter lane closures, a traffic switch, and a traffic signal on northbound Hwy 169 overnight Thursday, March 29. 


Beginning at 8 p.m., crews will begin to reroute northbound traffic to the east side of the roadway at the interchange. The lanes will be shifted, and a traffic signal on northbound Hwy 169 just north of I-494 will be in operation, by the morning rush hours on Friday, March 30. Motorists should expect delays and allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible.


The signal is needed for an upcoming traffic switch on Hwy 169 as part of the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project. The current merge lane from westbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 169 will not be available after the northbound lanes are shifted overnight March 29, and the signal is needed to allow traffic from westbound I-494 to safely access northbound Hwy 169. All traffic will soon be using the new northbound lanes so that the southbound lanes can be reconstructed. The shift for the southbound lanes will likely occur next week and updates will be made as a final date is determined.


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

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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