Second, final year of I-694 construction winds down this week between Arden Hills and Vadnais Heights
All lanes open in both directions of I-694 between Rice Street, Lexington Avenue
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The second and final year of construction to add a third general purpose lane in each direction of Interstate 694 in the North Central Twin Cities Metro area is winding down this week. With the completion of permanent striping in both directions of Interstate 694 between Rice Street in Little Canada and Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills, both directions of the interstate were open to three lanes early this morning. Construction crews worked throughout the night to paint permanent striping and remove barricades to open the roadway before the morning commute. The new exit only lane from eastbound Highway 10 to Lexington Avenue also opened early this morning.
The bridge from northbound I-35E to westbound I-694 is still restricted to a single lane and a short stretch of westbound I-694 is still restricted to two lanes between I-35E and Rice Street. Workers will paint permanent striping on the bridge tonight and the bridge will be fully open with two lanes early tomorrow morning. At the same time, the westbound interstate also will open to three lanes.
Even though permanent traffic restrictions have been removed, motorists will encounter temporary lane and shoulder closures to finish the project.
A third lane was constructed this year on eastbound I-694 between Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills and I-35E in Vadnais Heights. Last year’s work rebuilt and added a third lane in the westbound direction of the interstate.
In addition to rebuilding the interstate, the project also rebuilt the interstate ramps at Lexington Avenue, Victoria Street and Rice Street along with improving storm water drainage throughout the project area.
When complete in November of 2017, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility, increase capacity to lessen congestion and provide smoother road surfaces. In addition, the new roadway will enhance the movement of freight and support economic development.
For more information about the Enhance 694 project and informative videos about the project please visit www.enhance694.com. For other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov. For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org