Minnesota Department of Transportation

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New video

Check out this new video that helps explain how to choose a lane when exiting I-494 onto I-694/I-94.

Traffic impacts

I-494 Plymouth project map
Click map for larger PDF version.



All I-494 ramps south of Hwy 55 with the exception of two are now open. The two ramps that will remain closed until early September are:

  • SB I-494 entrance ramp from Carlson Parkway
  • WB I-394 to SB I-494.

Note: There will be off-peak lane and ramp closures on I-494 south of Hwy 55 through September.

Lane Closures

Wed, Aug. 24 to Fri, Aug. 26; 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily
  • SB I-494 reduced to a single lane from Hwy 12 to Hwy 55
April through November
  • Left lane closure on WB I-694 to SB I-494
    • Note: No loads more than 11 feet in width permitted on WB I-694 ramp to SB I-494; NB I-494 ramp to EB I-694.
  • All I-494 traffic between I-394 and I-94/I-694 will be shifted to the southbound side of I-494 while crews work on NB I-494
  • There will be two lanes of traffic open in each direction on I-494 through the project area
    • Motorists traveling NB on I-494 should stay in the left lane to access EB I-694 OR should stay in the right lane to access WB I-94.

Ramp Closures

Aug. 8 through mid-September
  • Bass Lake Rd to NB I-494 will close for one month

    Detour: Bass Lake Rd, SB I-494, Rockford Rd to NB I-494. View Map (PDF)

  • NB I-494 to Bass Lake Rd will close for one month

    Detour: NB I-494, EB Rockford Rd, NB Northwest Blvd to Bass Lake Rd. View Map (PDF)
April through September
  • Carlson Pkwy to SB I-494 will be closed.

    Detour: Carlson Pkwy, EB I-394 to SB I-494. View Map (PDF)


Road Closures


Specific dates for closures will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

  • EB I-394 to NB I-494 will close for two weekends

Help keep traffic moving safely:

Do the zipper merge.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Repair and reconstruct the concrete pavement on I-494 between I-394 and the I-94/I-494/I-694 interchange (Fish Lake Interchange)
  • Maintenance repairs on I-494 ramps
    • Ramps to and from I-94 and I-694
    • Bass Lake Rd
    • Rockford Rd
    • Hwy 55
    • Co Rd 6
    • Carlson Pkwy
    • Cheshire Ln
  • Replace I-494 bridges
    • Co Rd 47
    • Schmidt Lake Rd
    • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Reconstruct East Fish Lake Rd bridge deck over I-494
  • Install a third lane between Hwy 55 and East Fish Lake Rd
  • Construct storm water ponds and noise barriers

Project schedule

  • Aug. 2013: Geometric layout
  • Jan. 2014: Environmental documentation
  • Feb. 2014: Final plans and specifications
  • June 2014: Project letting for temporary widening of bridges
  • July 2014 - Nov. 2016: Project construction

Average daily traffic

  • 95,000 vehicles (2005)
  • 132,800 vehicles (2030 estimate if project occurs)