Repairs along I-494 in Bloomington expected to create traffic delays this weekend

Josie Smith
Updated: October 30, 2020 08:17 AM
Created: October 29, 2020 09:22 AM

With a nice warm-up this weekend, it's a good opportunity for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to get more road work done before the end of the 2020 construction season.

If you travel along the Interstate 494 Bloomington stretch, you've likely seen the heavy presence of construction crews working near I-35W. The work is part of a future transit project. The Orange Line is a rapid transit bus line that will carry passengers from Burnsville to Minneapolis starting next fall.

MnDOT said repairs need to be made to the shoulder of the roadway near Penn Avenue. This weekend, the westbound side of I-494 will be reduced to two lanes between I-35W and Penn Avenue starting at 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. The ramp from I-494 westbound to Penn Avenue will be closed, too.

Traffic volumes have been increasing along I-494, so this weekend project could create significant backups. Try using Highway 62 or other side roads instead.

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