Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-494/Hwy 62 Congestion Relief Study

Minneapolis, Richfield, Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Edina

About the study

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
I-494 and Hwy 62 Study Area Map
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The study is analyzing I-494 and Hwy 62 between the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport on the east and the I-494/Hwy 62 interchange on the west. The analysis includes adding MnPASS Express Lanes, auxiliary lanes, turn lanes, dynamic shoulders, modifying interchanges, and improving transit accessibility and travel options for transit. Both highways are being studied because improvements to one road is likely to impact the parallel road.

Study goals

  • Increase the number of people (not vehicles) that move through each highway corridor and provide reliable trip times
  • Enhance economic vitality for the public and private businesses in the Twin Cities region
  • Enhance safety and mobility by providing congestion free travel options
  • Enhance and maintain advantages for transit, taxi cabs, airport shuttles,  carpools and non-motorized connections (pedestrian, bicycle and light-rail)
  • Use existing roads, right-of-way and performance based principles and improvements that are lower-cost and provide a high-return on investment.
  • Coordinate timing with other scheduled and funded projects
  • Involve the public and stakeholders in the study

Next steps

The results of the study will be used to determine whether to advance recommended improvements into the project environmental/pre-design process, to add specific improvements to projects that are already programmed, or to get improvements ready, should additional funding become available.

Background

As the greater Minneapolis region continues to grow and develop, traffic volumes will also continue to increase. There are areas along both I-494 and Hwy 62 that are experiencing high levels of congestion today.

The Met Council's Transportation Policy Plan and MnDOT planning documents recommend a system of MnPASS Express Lanes throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.  MnPASS lanes currently exist on I-35W, I-394 and I-35E. Several other corridors are being studied for future MnPASS lanes including this study of the I-494 and Hwy 62 corridors.

I-494 and Hwy 62 are parallel freeways connecting communities to employment and retail destinations in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield  and to the MSP Int'l Airport.