A New Interchange

Before: The I-494/Hwy 169 interchange today.

The Highway 169/I-494 interchange project is set to begin any day.  Mn/DOT recently awarded the C.S. McCrossan/Edward Kraemer & Sons Design-Build team this $125 million dollar interchange project.  Once the final contracts for the project are executed, work on the project will begin. 

We will be learning a lot more about the project schedule in the coming weeks, but here is a short summary of what we know today:

  • Depending on the weather and other factors, construction on some of the temporary bypasses that will be needed to facilitate construction may start immediately.  So be prepared to start seeing construction barricades and cones.
  • Throughout the course of the winter, the contractor is likely to start construction on some of the retaining walls and bridges, with full construction of the project ramping up in the early spring.
  • The long awaited removal of the three remaining traffic signals on Highway 169 is expected to occur by the end of the 2011 construction season.
  • Substantial completion of the project is anticipated to occur by mid-November 2012.

For more information on the project, please visit MnDOT’s project web page:  dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169

This site includes a lot of great information, including the most recent project layout and aerial views of the project, as well as fly-over and drive-through views of the project.

After: A rendering of the new interchange.

This project has been years in the making and we are excited to work with MnDOT and the C.S. McCrossan/Edward Kraemer & Sons MnDOT to bring this project to its successful completion.

Please stay tuned for more information and drive safely!

Randy Newton
Assistant City Engineer – Traffic Engineer