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News Release
July 18, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
Office of Communications
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Roseville, MN 55113


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Washington Ave Bridge spanning I-494 closes July 23


ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists will encounter a detour on Washington Avenue when the bridge spanning Interstate 494 in Bloomington and Eden Prairie closes Monday, July 23. 


The closure on the north side of the bridge will extend to the intersection of Viking Drive and Washington Avenue. Motorists should follow the posted detours during the closure:


The bridge will remain closed for approximately three weeks. Access to businesses and neighborhoods along the south side of I-494 will be available at Prairie Center Drive and W. 78th Street.


Part of the Highway 169/I-494 Interchange Reconstruction project, the closure is necessary for crews to construct the roundabout located at the north side of the bridge.


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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