Updated: 07/18/2014 10:26 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 5:19 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
A highly traveled interstate in the west metro is about to get a major facelift.
The project on Interstate 494 between Interstate 394 in Minnetonka and Interstate 94 in Maple Grove is expected to take two years, and it will likely impact hundreds of thousands of drivers.
Starting Monday, July 21, night and weekend lane closures will begin along I-494, as crews remove guardrails and put up concrete barriers.
Workers will repair and reconstruct the pavement on I-494, replace bridges over the interstate and ramps and add a third lane between Highway 55 and East Fish Lake Road.
"Wow, that's going to be very painful. I'm going to have to figure out some back roads and I'm sure a lot of other people will be doing the same," said Paul Anderson of Plymouth.
MnDOT says in 2005, 95,000 vehicles traveled I-494 in Plymouth daily.
By the year 2030, that number is projected to sky-rocket to nearly 133,000 vehicles.
The $86 million project is expected to be done in November of 2016.