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
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  • Traffic is traveling on NB I-494 through the entire project area.
  • Both directions of I-494 between I-394 and Hwy 55 are open to three lanes
  • Both directions of I-494 between Hwy 55 and the I-694/I-494/I-94 interchange (Fish Lake Interchange) are open to two lanes. The third lane will open sometime in early November.
Now Open:
  • The East Fish Lake Rd Bridge
  • The ramps from Bass Lake Rd to NB I-494 and from NB I-494 to Bass Lake Rd
  • The Carlson Pkwy on ramp and the ramp from WB 394 to SB 49

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

Lane Closures

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.
  • 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.

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)