- Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie
- Approximate cost of $125 million (design and construction)
- Southbound Hwy 169 to westbound I-494 (PDF)
- Eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 169 (PDF)
- Full overhead view of traffic on the new configuration (36 MB, WMV file)
- 3D visualizations
Project History and Background
MnDOT assumed jurisdictional responsibility for Hwy 169 in the early 1990s. In the mid-1990s MnDOT replaced the Hwy 169 bridges spanning I-494 and reconfigured the diamond interchange.
In 2003 the reconstruction project was chosen to receive funding in order to accelerate it. Hwy 169 south of I-494 was designated as a high priority interregional corridor. The project was developed; however the funds were used for other critical projects.
The project has been redesigned following the department's Context Sensitive Solutions\Flexible Design initiative in order to balance its objectives while maximizing a return on the investment.
Policy Based Design
A Policy Design provides all eight system to system (freeway to freeway) moves. Through discussions and negotiations with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the design and construction of this project proceeded with a Performance Based Design. The Performance Based Design provides for six of the eight moves. These six moves will accommodate the vast majority of traffic needs at the interchange.
This provides 8 system to system moves.