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Aug. 29, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
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I-494 ramp closures begin Sept. 5
Ramps to close near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists will experience delays on both directions of Interstate 494 in Richfield as ramps to and from the roadway close at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.


The following ramps will close Sept. 5 until early November:

The HOV (“carpool”) ramp from northbound Hwy 77 to westbound I-494 will also close. The ramp closures are necessary for center median work between Hwy 77 and 24th Avenue S. as part of the I-494 improvement project.


Other ongoing ramp closures along the corridor will remain in place. The following closed ramps are anticipated to remain closed until early November:

The following closed ramps are anticipated to reopen by mid-September:

The westbound ramp closures are needed as crews continue work to add a westbound I-494 auxiliary lane that will extend between I-35W and Hwy 100 as part of the I-494 improvement project.


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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