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News Release
April 2, 2012




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


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Southbound Hwy 169 traffic switch scheduled for April 5-6
Lane and long-term ramp closures also will occur


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will encounter lane closures and a traffic switch on southbound Hwy 169 between Valley View Road and Anderson Lakes Parkway in Edina and Bloomington on the evenings of Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6. 


Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, traffic between I-494 and Valley View Road will be rerouted to the northbound lanes of Hwy 169. Once this has been completed, the ramp from southbound Hwy 169 to westbound Interstate 494 will close for approximately four months for reconstruction. During the ramp closure, access to westbound I-494 from southbound Hwy 169 will be available at Hwy 62/Hwy 212.


Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, the remaining southbound Hwy 169 traffic between I-494 and Anderson Lakes Parkway will be rerouted to the northbound lanes. Once this has been completed, access from W. 78th Street/Townline Avenue will be temporarily closed. W. 78th Street/Townline Avenue will remain closed until approximately late-June. During this closure motorist should follow a posted detour route to westbound W. 78th Street, northbound Prairie Center Drive and eastbound I-494 to access southbound Hwy 169.


Part of the Hwy 169/I-494 interchange reconstruction project, the traffic switch, road, and ramp closures are necessary for crews to begin reconstruction of southbound Hwy 169 and continue with construction of the surrounding frontage roads. 


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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