Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-494/Hwy 62 Congestion Relief Study

Minneapolis, Richfield, Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Edina

Study Schedule



  • Final Report completed


January through February

Identify "spot" improvements
  • After capacity improvements are addressed, additional “spot” improvements along the corridor will be identified
  • Inform the public about the improvements and gather feedback

March through April

  • Coordinate the studies recommended improvements with other scheduled and funded projects within the study area
  • Public involvement continues

May through June

Benefit cost analysis
  • Complete a benefit-cost analysis for the recommended alternatives to ensure construction improvements are cost-effective

July though August

  • Complete a summary of the recommendations and study vision
  • Share study findings


June - September

  • Summarizing and gaining consensus on user and stakeholder needs including safety issues, congestion points and bottlenecks, and transit advantages.
  • Developing a public outreach plan.

October - November

Corridor concept development
  • Documenting background information
  • Implementing the public outreach plan to receive feedback.
  • Developing corridor concepts for both corridors.
  • Developing screening criteria to compare the corridor concepts.


Corridor evaluation and analysis
  • Continue to develop the corridor concept and traffic operations models.  
  • Evaluating alternatives using the identified screening criteria to determine optimal location for capacity improvements.