Interstate 694 Project Wraps Up Ahead of Schedule

October 25, 2017 11:00 AM

It's another major milestone for construction in the east metro. Interstate 694 between Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills and Rice Street in Little Canada opened up to three lanes in both directions Wednesday morning.

A project to expand I-694 from two lanes to three lanes in both directions has been underway since last spring. The area has become increasingly congested due to an expanding economy, population growth, and increased traffic.

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RELATED: New Configuration in Place on Interstate 694

In order to complete the work, a challenging configuration was put into place during the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons.

This past spring eastbound motorists were forced into a traffic split, where they had to choose between staying in a right exit-only type lane and using the left lane to travel straight thru the work zone. The same configuration was set up in the westbound direction last year.

According to MnDOT, all lanes of  I-694 opened by 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, all lanes along the flyover bridge from I-35E northbound to I-694 westbound are expected to open by 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The work was scheduled to last into November, but crews were able to finish it up a few weeks ahead of time. Learn more about the project.

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