About this project
We are working with our partners to provide environmental documentation and preliminary and final engineering reconstruction of the I-494 freeway that travels through the cities of Bloomington, Richfield, Eden Prairie and Edina.
In 2018, Corridors of Commerce, a state road improvement grant program, awarded the project $134 million to introduce E-ZPASS lanes from EB France Ave. to Hwy 77 and from WB Hwy 77 to I-35W. An additional $70 million was awarded to construct a directional ramp for NB I-35W to WB I-494 traffic.
The I-494 vision is a major construction project that cannot be built all at once due to funding limitations and impacts during construction. The implementation plan identified four separate construction projects to complete the entire I-494 corridor vision.
In 2021, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded $60 million to aid in the construction of the first project of the I-494 corridor vision implementation plan.
The current stage is focusing on the first construction project to finalize preliminary design and environmental review process. The first construction project will extend from East Bush Lake Rd. to 12th Ave.
We also are using public feedback to design the aesthetic features and street amenities included in the I-494 vision. This includes ground colors and materials, medians, fences and railings, wall patterns, landscaping, lighting and more.
Summary of work
- Provide a transit advantage to increase the number of people who can be efficiently moved through the area
- Improve the reliability of the average rush-hour trip
- Improve safety
- Restore pavement to preserve infrastructure and provide a smoother ride
- Improve drainage systems to reduce localized flooding and reduce run-off into the Minnesota River
- Preserve existing bridges