I-494: Airport to Hwy 169

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

I-494 Vision Update


I-494 Vision Planning: MnDOT is wrapping up the I-494 Vision planning part of the study and has an approved implementation plan. This plan prioritizes the construction projects to implement the I-494 Vision.

A great summary of the planning study goals, process, results, implementation plan (see image below), and next steps can be viewed at the 494 Virtual Open House webpage, https://www.494openhouse.com/



Project 1 Layout Development: The exciting news is that first construction project will begin as soon as 2023. Project development is now underway to prepare layouts for the first construction project. The first project will include:

  • The 35W/494 Interchange flyover ramp for NB to WB traffic (element 3);
  • MnPASS and auxiliary lanes between 35W and Hwy 100 (elements 3 and 4); and
  • Changes to 494 access at Nicollet Avenue, Portland Avenue, and 12th Avenue (element 7)


I-494 Public Engagement/Listening Sessions

MnDOT will be hosting 3 virtual listening sessions. The sessions will address information about:

  • The long-term vision for improvements on I-494;
  • The first construction project; and
  • The improvements to specific locations on and adjacent to the corridor.

In addition to the freeway project elements, the listening sessions will cover changes to the local roadway system. MnDOT and local agency partners will be seeking comments from the public on changes in access, bike and pedestrian facilities, and other local issues.


Thu, April 1, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: Improvements at France Ave. and surrounding frontage roads
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn more about the I-494 vision and improvements at France Avenue and surrounding frontage roads.
Register for this event


Tue, April 6, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: I-35W/I-494 interchange
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn more about the I-494 vision and improvements at the I-35W and I-494 interchange.
Register for this event


Wed, April 7, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: Changes to access at Portland Ave., 12th Ave. and Nicollet Ave.
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn about the I-494 vision and changes to access and construction of new bridges at Nicollet Avenue, Portland Avenue, and 12th Avenue. Improvements will also include a new pedestrian bridge across I-494.
Register for this event



I-494 Vision Update


I-494 Vision Planning: MnDOT is wrapping up the I-494 Vision planning part of the study and has an approved implementation plan. This plan prioritizes the construction projects to implement the I-494 Vision.

A great summary of the planning study goals, process, results, implementation plan (see image below), and next steps can be viewed at the 494 Virtual Open House webpage, https://www.494openhouse.com/



Project 1 Layout Development: The exciting news is that first construction project will begin as soon as 2023. Project development is now underway to prepare layouts for the first construction project. The first project will include:

  • The 35W/494 Interchange flyover ramp for NB to WB traffic (element 3);
  • MnPASS and auxiliary lanes between 35W and Hwy 100 (elements 3 and 4); and
  • Changes to 494 access at Nicollet Avenue, Portland Avenue, and 12th Avenue (element 7)


I-494 Public Engagement/Listening Sessions

MnDOT will be hosting 3 virtual listening sessions. The sessions will address information about:

  • The long-term vision for improvements on I-494;
  • The first construction project; and
  • The improvements to specific locations on and adjacent to the corridor.

In addition to the freeway project elements, the listening sessions will cover changes to the local roadway system. MnDOT and local agency partners will be seeking comments from the public on changes in access, bike and pedestrian facilities, and other local issues.


Thu, April 1, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: Improvements at France Ave. and surrounding frontage roads
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn more about the I-494 vision and improvements at France Avenue and surrounding frontage roads.
Register for this event


Tue, April 6, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: I-35W/I-494 interchange
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn more about the I-494 vision and improvements at the I-35W and I-494 interchange.
Register for this event


Wed, April 7, 2021

I-494 Listening Session: Changes to access at Portland Ave., 12th Ave. and Nicollet Ave.
5-6 p.m.

Attend this meeting to learn about the I-494 vision and changes to access and construction of new bridges at Nicollet Avenue, Portland Avenue, and 12th Avenue. Improvements will also include a new pedestrian bridge across I-494.
Register for this event