Interstate 494 highlighted in red.
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||43.00 mi (69.20 km)|
|Existed:||1985 – present|
|West end:||I-94 / I-694 in Maple Grove|
| I-394 / US 12 in Minnetonka
US 212 in Eden Prairie
US 169 in Bloomington
I-35W in Bloomington
I-35E in Mendota Heights
US 52 in Inver Grove Heights
US 10 / US 61 in Newport
|East end:||I-94 / I-694 in Woodbury/Oakdale|
|Counties:||Washington, Dakota, Hennepin|
Interstate 494 (I-494) is a loop route making up part of a beltway of Interstate 94, circling through the southern and western portions of the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota. The 43-mile (69 km) road is coupled with Interstate 694 (which circles the northern edge of the Twin Cities metro area) at each end, and composes more than half of the major beltway of the region. I-694 / I-494 also act as loop routes for Interstate 35E and Interstate 35W.
I-494 has a few intersections with other interstates:
- Interstates 94 and 694 at Woodbury / Oakdale
- Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights
- Interstate 35W in Bloomington
- Interstate 394 in Minnetonka
- Interstates 94 / 694 (concurrent) in Maple Grove
The speed limit on I-494 is 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). Interstate highways outside of the loop in Minnesota may be signed as high as 70 mph (110 km/h). Most highways inside the loop are signed at speeds of 55 mph (90 km/h) or lower, though a few exceptions were added in September 2005, allowing speeds of up to 60 mph (97 km/h) in some places. Those roads had been signed at 60 mph (97 km/h) or higher up until the gasoline crises of the 1970s.
|This section requires expansion. (April 2010)|
Exit numbering of Interstate 494 is unusual in that it begins at the Minnesota River heading westbound (between Mendota Heights and Bloomington), and continues clockwise around the entire beltway. The last exit is #71 to Pilot Knob Road. The most significant landmark on the length of I-494 is Mall of America, just south of the intersection of I-494 and State Highway 77.
Legally, the route of Interstate 494 is defined as part of unmarked legislative route 393 in Minnesota Statutes § 161.12(5).  Interstate 494 is not marked with this legislative number along the actual highway.
|This section requires expansion. (December 2010)|
Construction on Interstate 494 first began in the late 1950s, and it was finally completed in 1985. Upgrades continue to be made to widen Interstate 494 to at least three lanes in each direction.
Expansion of the Wakota Bridge between Newport and South St. Paul over the Mississippi River was completed in the summer of 2010. The bridge is named so because it connects Washington County and Dakota County. Near the end of this effort, Interstate 494 was widened from two to three lanes between Lake Road and I-94 in Woodbury.
A major reconstruction / widening project of I-494 was completed in fall 2006 between U.S. Highway 212 / State Highway 5 in Eden Prairie and Carlson Parkway at Minnetonka / Plymouth. Plans for up to six lanes in each direction for parts of I-494 in Bloomington are proposed but not yet funded.
494 Corridor Commission
The 494 Corridor Commission, also known as 494 Commuter Services, is a non-profit organization aimed at reducing traffic congestion along the southwest section of the Interstate 494 corridor. In 1988, the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, and Richfield joined together to address traffic congestion and work towards improving I-494. The organization's mission is to promote economic growth and regional prosperity through improved transportation options along the highway, such as carpooling and bus transit. The organization's board of directors consists of representatives from each of the five member cities, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Council, and the private business community.
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||Woodbury||—||I-694 north||Counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance|
|58||I-94 – St. Paul, Madison||Signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east)|
|59||Valley Creek Road||Past unsigned southern terminus of Highway 120|
|Newport||63||US 10 / US 61 / Bailey Road – St. Paul, Hastings||Signed as exits 63A (west/north) and 63B (east/south)|
||South St. Paul||64A||Hardman Avenue|
|64B||MN 156 (Concord Street)|
|65||5th Avenue, 7th Avenue|
|Inver Grove Heights||66||US 52 – St. Paul, Rochester|
|67||MN 3 (Robert Street) / MN 110|
|69||MN 149 (Dodd Road) to MN 55||MN 55 crosses I-494 west of I-35E, but with no direct access|
|70||I-35E – St. Paul, Albert Lea|
|71||CR 31 (Pilot Knob Road)|
||Bloomington||1A||MN 5 east – Terminal 1, St. Paul via 7th Street||Eastern end of MN 5 overlap|
|1B||34th Avenue – Terminal 2|
|2BC||MN 77 (Cedar Avenue)||Signed as exits 2B (north) and 2C (south)|
|3||12th Avenue, Portland Avenue|
|5||I-35W – Minneapolis, Albert Lea||Signed as exits 5A (north) and 5B (south)|
|6A||CR 32 (Penn Avenue)|
|Bloomington||6B||CR 17 (France Avenue)|
|7B||CR 34 (Normandale Boulevard)|
|8||CR 28 (East Bush Lake Road)|
|10||US 169||Signed as exits 10A (north) and 10B (south)|
|Eden Prairie||11A||CR 61 (Flying Cloud Drive)|
|11B||US 212 east|
|11C||US 212 west / MN 5 west||Western end of MN 5 overlap|
|12||CR 39 (Valley View Road)||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Minnetonka||13||MN 62 / CR 62|
|16||MN 7||Signed as exits 16A (east) and 16B (west)|
|19||I-394 east / US 12 – Minneapolis, Wayzata||Signed as exits 19A (east) and 19B (west)|
|23||CR 9 (Rockford Road)|
|Maple Grove||26||CR 10 (Bass Lake Road)|
|27||I-94 west – St. Cloud|
|—||I-94 east / I-694||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Adam Froehlig (November 22, 2003). Interstate Highway 494. Interstate 494 in Minnesota. Accessed August 26, 2010.
- Interstate 494 Minnesota. Interstate-Guide.com. Accessed May 17, 2005.