Interstate 694

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Interstate 694
Interstate 694 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by MS § 161.12(5)
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 30.767 mi[1] (49.515 km)
Existed: 1970 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-94 / I-494 at Maple Grove
 

US 169 at Brooklyn Park
I-94 / MN 252 at Brooklyn Center
I-35W at New BrightonArden Hills
US 10 / MN 51 at Arden Hills
I-35E / US 10 at Little Canada

US 61 at Maplewood
East end: I-94 / I-494 at WoodburyOakdale
Location
Counties: Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 610 MN 1

Interstate 694 (I-694) is an east–west auxiliary Interstate Highway located in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The western terminus of the route is at its junction with I-94 and I-494 in Maple Grove. The eastern terminus of I-694 is at its junction with I-94 and I-494 at the WoodburyOakdale city line. I-694 comprises the northern and northeastern portions of a beltway around the Twin Cities, with I-494 forming the remainder of the beltway. The speed limit is 60 miles per hour (95 km/h). Interstate Highways outside of the loop in Minnesota may be signed as high as 70 mph (115 km/h), but can only reach 60 mph (95 km/h) inside the loop.

I-694 also interchanges with I-35W at New BrightonArden Hills and I-35E at Little CanadaVadnais Heights. I-694 is also concurrent with I-94 for eight miles (13 km) from Maple Grove to Brooklyn Center. I-694 is 30.767 miles (49.515 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

I-694 begins on the counter-clockwise end at the junction of I-94, I-494, and I-694 in the city of Maple Grove, often referred to as the Fish Lake Interchange. From the Fish Lake Interchange, I-694 travels eastbound (clockwise) and concurrent with I-94 through the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center. In Brooklyn Center, I-94 splits from I-694 and then I-94 travels south toward downtown Minneapolis, while I-694 continues its beltway function, crossing the Mississippi River, and then passing through the communities of Fridley and New Brighton, where it has an interchange with I-35W. I-694 turns slightly to the southeast as it passes through the communities of Arden Hills, Shoreview, and Little Canada. I-694 turns back to near due east at its western junction with I-35E. It continues east through the communities of Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, and Maplewood. In Pine Springs, I-694 has a cloverleaf interchange with State Highway 36 (MN 36). The I-694–MN 36 interchange makes out a rough corner, in which I-694 switches direction from eastbound to southbound. I-694 continues south through the city of Oakdale, and finally terminates on the clockwise end at the interchange of I-94, I-494, and I-694 at the Oakdale–Woodbury city boundary line. I-694 becomes I-494 after this interchange.[2]

Mileposts on Interstate 694 are numbered to increase while traveling eastbound (clockwise). They are in sequence with the numbering of adjoining I-494, where the numbering begins and ends at the Minnesota River. Between Maple Grove and Brooklyn Center, the mileposts correspond to the beltway numbering, not I-94 mileage.[2]

I-694 has problems with "weave" interchanges. The Unweave the Weave construction project, completed between 2004 and 2008, disentangled I-694 and I-35E at Little CanadaVadnais Heights. The project was designed to increase traffic flow, driver safety, and improve the condition of the roadway.[3] Another construction project, the I-35W/US 10/I-694 North Central Corridor Reconstruction Project, also designed to unweave the highway, began in September, 2011. This project will eliminate the weaving movements of I-694 at its interchange with U.S. Highway 10 (US 10) and MN 51 in Arden Hills. This interchange often creates one of the worst bottlenecks in the Twin Cities because drivers need to change at least one lane to continue either direction on I-694 between MN 51 (Snelling Avenue) and US 10. When the construction project is completed, the roadway of I-694 will include three thru-lanes in each direction from I-35W at New Brighton to US 10 at Arden Hills; four thru-lanes in each direction from US 10 in Arden Hills to Rice Street at Shoreview–Little Canada; and five thru-lanes in each direction from Rice Street to the I-694–I-35E interchange, compared with the current two to three lanes throughout the I-694 corridor.

Legally, the route of I-694 is defined as part of unmarked Legislative Route 393 in the Minnesota Statutes §161.12(5).[4] I-694 is not marked with this legislative number along the actual highway.[2] The entire freeway, as part of the Interstate Highway System, has been included in the National Highway System,[5] a system of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[6]

History[edit]

The construction of I-694 was authorized in 1956. The first section of I-694 completed was between US 10 at Arden Hills to I-35E at Little Canada in the early 1960s. The last section of I-694 completed was between I-35E at Little Canada to its junction with I-94 and I-494 at Oakdale–Woodbury], completed by the early 1970s.

I-694 was built as the main thoroughfare for the northern suburbs of Minneapolis – Saint Paul. These include the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, New Brighton, Arden Hills, Shoreview, Little Canada, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, Maplewood, Pine Springs, and Oakdale.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Hennepin Maple Grove 27.366 44.041 I-494 Counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
27.969 45.012 27 I-94 west – St. Cloud Counterclockwise end of I-94 overlap
28.460–
28.493
45.802–
45.855
28 County 61 (Hemlock Lane)
Brooklyn Park 32.979 53.075 29 US 169 Signed as exits 29A (south) and 29B (north)
30.529 49.132 30 Boone Avenue
31.454 50.620 31 County 81 (Bottineau Boulevard)
Brooklyn Center 33.479 53.879 33 County 152 (Brooklyn Boulevard)
34.770 55.957 34 To MN 100 / Shingle Creek Parkway
35.248 56.726 35A MN 100 Counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
35.272 56.765 35B I-94 east Clockwise end of I-94 overlap
35.815 57.639 35C MN 252
Anoka Fridley 36.219 58.289 36 East River Road
36.938 59.446 37 MN 47 (University Avenue)
37.712 60.692 38 MN 65 (Central Avenue)
Ramsey New Brighton 39.157 63.017 39 County 44 (Silver Lake Road)
39.956 64.303 40 Long Lake Road, 10th Street Northwest
40.762 65.600 41 I-35W Signed as exits 41A (south) and 41B (north)
Arden Hills 41.874 67.390 42B US 10 west – Anoka Counterclockwise end of US 10 overlap; counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
42.333 68.128 42A MN 51 (Snelling Avenue) / Hamline Avenue
Arden Hills
Shoreview
42.787 68.859 43A Lexington Avenue
Shoreview 43.586 70.145 43B Victoria Street
45 Rice Street
Little Canada 46.417 74.701 46 I-35E south / US 10 east – St. Paul Clockwise end of US 10 overlap; counterclockwise end of I-35E overlap
Vadnais Heights 47.067 75.747 47 I-35E north – Duluth Clockwise end of I-35E overlap
White Bear Lake
Maplewood
48.483 78.026 48 US 61
49.665–
49.695
79.928–
79.976
50 White Bear Avenue
51.312 82.579 51 MN 120
Washington Pine Springs 52.491 84.476 52 MN 36 – North St. Paul, Stillwater Signed as exits 52A (west) and 52B (east)
Oakdale 54.743 88.100 55 MN 5
57.123 91.931 57 County 10 (10th Street North)
58.101 93.504 58 I-94 – St. Paul, Madison Signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east)
58.133 93.556 I-494 south Clockwise exit and counterclockwise entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (September 6, 2011). Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota Department of Transportation (2009). Official State Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Mn/DOT (2009–2010 ed.). Section V25–Y25, Y25–Y26, Metropolitan Saint Paul–Minneapolis inset.
  3. ^ Staff. "Unweave the Weave". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ Minnesota Legislature (2006). "§161.12, Additional Routes Added; Federal Aid". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration (August 2003) (PDF). National Highway System: Minneapolis – St. Paul (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/maps/mn/minneapolis_mn.pdf. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  6. ^ Adderly, Kevin (August 26, 2010). "Planning, Environment, & Realty". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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