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About this project
The I-494/I-35W interchange was constructed in the 1960s. Fifty three years later the interchange supports more than 500,000 motorists daily and serves as a key access point between the western and eastern Twin Cities.
High traffic volumes, economic growth along the corridors and harsh weather conditions have led to longstanding congestion, safety, and flooding issues at the interchange. In 2013, after reviewing the results of numerous types of studies, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has initiated an I-494/I-35W Interchange Improvement Study or “Vision Layout Development” process that will study alternatives to
improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve access to transit alternatives in the project area.
Reconstruction of the interchange will allow for future development in the area as well as potential transit opportunities.
- Released an RFP in 2012 to take MnDOT through the vision layout process and determine a preferred overall vision layout alternative for the area
- Generated and selected a preliminary layout for an inline Bus Rapid Transit station on I-35W between 82nd Street and American Blvd.
- To be determined