Westbound lanes of I-494 reopen in Mendota Heights

Drivers are once again able to use the westbound lanes of I-494 in Mendota Heights after a piece of construction equipment fell off a trailer being hauled by a semi early Tuesday.

The State Patrol says the equipment fell off around 6:50 a.m. as the vehicle was going over the river bridge, falling in the right westbound lane.

The 23-year-old man driving the truck wasn’t injured, according to authorities. In addition, there were no secondary crashes as a result of the incident.

The westbound lanes were then temporarily closed at I-35E, which is where traffic was diverted to during the morning rush hour.

Lanes reopened shortly before 9 a.m., however, delays were still being reported. An interactive traffic map showing current conditions can be found below.