Minnesota Department of Transportation

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I-494: Airport to Highway 169

Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, Eden Prairie in Hennepin County

Environmental Assessment

I-494 Airport to Highway 169 project location map

I-494 Airport to Hwy 169 project location map.

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An Environmental Assessment is a long process that evaluates the potential impacts of a project on the local community and natural environment.

An Environmental Assessment for the I-494 project, between the MSP Airport to Hwy 169, was available for public review and comment. The social, economic, and environmental impacts were analyzed and evaluated for the entire length of the I-494 corridor, and then separately for the improvements included in the first construction project that is scheduled to begin construction in 2023.

The final documents for the I-494 project between the MSP Airport and Hwy 169, are available to view. Thank you to all of you that provided comments on the Environmental Assessment. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) provides responses to comments and a summary of the proposed project process.

The Environmental Assessment was provided for review and public comment between April 19 and June 13, 2022. Project staff reviewed stakeholder and public comments to the Environmental Assessment. The responses to comments and a decision from the federal government on a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued in August 2022.

View the documents

If you need the Environmental Assessment and appendices, FONSI or the FOFC in an alternative format, please contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

Public comment period

The public comment period has closed. MnDOT is no longer taking comments on the I-494 Environmental Assessment. MnDOT is currently reviewing all of the comments for inclusion in a Findings of Fact and Conclusion document.

Public hearing

A public hearing was held in-person and virtually to review the Environmental Assessment and submit formal comments on May 5, 2022. If you missed the event, you may view related materials on the meetings webpage.