Construction on I-494 from Edina to Richfield to start this spring
Construction is set to begin this year on I-494 between East Bush Lake Road in Edina and 12th Avenue North in Richfield.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, preliminary work will start in the spring, with more work taking place in the summer.
Crews will add E-ZPass lanes on I-494 from Highway 100 to I-35W in each direction and add a new ramp at the I-35W and I-494 interchange. These additions will help with the congestion currently on the interstate.
The bridges crossing over I-494 at Portland Avenue, Nicollet Avenue, and 12th Avenue will be replaced to accommodate future traffic levels and provide upgrades to the sidewalks and bike lanes.
A new bridge will be added at Chicago Avenue that crosses over I-494 to provide additional access for pedestrians over the interstate.
Access to I-494 from Nicollet and 12th Avenue will be restricted but full access will be created to I-494 from Portland Avenue.
This is the first construction project part of the I-494 Airport to Hwy 169 plan.
Construction is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2026.