Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 19, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

I-694 traffic switch in Arden Hills, Little Canada begins tonight

New I-694 traffic configuration will be in place by early Monday, May 23

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Construction crews will begin switching Interstate 694 traffic onto newly constructed bypass lanes between Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills and Rice Street in Little Canada on Thursday night, May 19. During the work, motorists will encounter overnight lane restrictions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 19 and May 20. Weekend lane restrictions will be in place from 8 p.m. each night until 8 a.m. the following morning.

The traffic shift will begin on the eastbound lanes of I-694. Once completed—sometime Saturday, May 21—crews will move to the westbound lanes. Westbound traffic will be moved into two lanes separated by a concrete median barrier, which will require westbound I-694 motorists to choose a lane at the beginning of the work zone. Drivers in the left lane will be unable to exit the interstate between Rice Street and Lexington Avenue. Traffic in the right lane will be able to exit the freeway as usual. Motorists traveling from northbound I-35E to westbound I-694 will be funneled into the local access lane—right lane. All traffic changes are expected to be completed before Monday morning rush hour, May 23 and will remain in place until late fall. For more information on driving on westbound I-694 please visit: Driving Tips video.

NOTE: Eastbound traffic lanes will not be separated by barrier.

Construction of a third general purpose lane in each direction of I-694 between Rice Street in Little Canada and Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills began Monday, April 4. In addition to rebuilding the interstate and adding a new lane in each direction, the project includes:

  • Rebuilding interstate ramps at Lexington Avenue, Victoria Street and Rice Street
  • Opening the right lane of the bridge from northbound I-35E to westbound I-694. The right lane will become an exit-only lane to Rice Street
  • Improving storm water drainage throughout the corridor

The ramp from Rice Street to westbound I-694 also will close in early June until November.

During construction, MnDOT will keep two lanes of traffic open in each direction. Temporary lanes around the construction zone will separate traffic from construction work. Next year’s work will rebuild the eastbound lanes with the same traffic restrictions.

When complete in November 2017, the project will feature improved driver safety and accessibility, increased capacity to lessen congestion and will provide smoother road surfaces. In addition, the new roadway will enhance the movement of freight and support economic development.

For more information about the Enhance 694 project, including informative videos about the project and how to drive through the work zone, please visit www.enhance694.com. Those interested in staying informed about the project during construction also can sign up for email alerts on the website. For other transportation information, please visit www.mndot.gov.

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