Interstate 494

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This article is about the beltway around portions of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota. For other uses, see Interstate 494 (disambiguation).

Interstate 494 marker

Interstate 494
Interstate 494 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 43.00 mi[1] (69.20 km)
Existed: 1985 – present
Major junctions
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
Location
Counties: Washington, Dakota, Hennepin
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
I-394 I-535

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:

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.

Route description[edit]

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). [1] Interstate 494 is not marked with this legislative number along the actual highway.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[3] km Exit Destinations Notes
Washington Woodbury 58.158 93.596 58 I-94 / I-694 north – St. Paul, Madison Continuation from I-694; signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east); I-94 exit 249.
58.999 94.950 58C Tamarack Road
59.852 96.322 59 Valley Creek Road
60.690 97.671 60 Lake Road
Newport 63.177 101.674 63 US 10 / US 61 / Bailey Road – St. Paul, Hastings Signed as exits 63A (west/north) and 63B (east/south)
63.408 102.045 63C Maxwell Avenue
Dakota South St. Paul 64.204 103.326 64A Hardman Avenue
64.646 104.038 64B MN 156 (Concord Street)
65.125–
65.251
104.809–
105.011
65 5th Avenue, 7th Avenue
Inver Grove Heights 66.148 106.455 66 US 52 – St. Paul, Rochester
66.391–
67.170
106.846–
108.100
67 MN 3 (Robert Street) / MN 110
Eagan
Mendota Heights
70.049 112.733 69 MN 149 (Dodd Road) to MN 55 MN 55 crosses I-494 west of I-35E, but with no direct access
70.815 113.966 70 I-35E – St. Paul, Albert Lea Signed as exits 70A (north) and 70B (south); I-35E exits 99A-B
71.906 115.721 71 County 31 (Pilot Knob Road)
DakotaHennepin
county line
EaganMendota Heights
Bloomington
73.021
0.000
117.516
0.000
I-494 Bridge over the Minnesota River
Hennepin Bloomington 1.257 2.023 1A MN 5 east / 7th Street – Terminal 1, St. Paul Eastern end of MN 5 overlap
1.637 2.634 1B 34th Avenue – Terminal 2 Diverging diamond interchange; METRO Blue Line light rail runs in the median of 34th Avenue[4]
2.355 3.790 2A 24th Avenue
Bloomington
Richfield
2.836 4.564 2BC MN 77 (Cedar Avenue) Signed as exits 2B (north) and 2C (south)
3.358–
3.856
5.404–
6.206
3 12th Avenue, Portland Avenue
4.357 7.012 4A Nicollet Avenue
4.854 7.812 4B Lyndale Avenue
5.343 8.599 5 I-35W – Minneapolis, Albert Lea Signed as exits 5A (north) and 5B (south); I-35W exits 9A-B
5.851 9.416 6A County 32 (Penn Avenue)
Bloomington 6.875 11.064 6B County 17 (France Avenue)
7.926 12.756 7 MN 100 north / County 34 (Normandale Boulevard) Signed as exits 7A (north) and 7B (south)
8.521 13.713 8 County 28 (East Bush Lake Road)
10.114 16.277 10 US 169 Signed as exits 10A (north) and 10B (south)
Eden Prairie 11.659 18.763 11A County 61 (Flying Cloud Drive)
11.923 19.188 11BC US 212 west / MN 5 west Western end of MN 5 overlap
12.233 19.687 12 County 39 (Valley View Road) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Minnetonka 13.899 22.368 13 MN 62 / County 62
16.267 26.179 16 MN 7 Signed as exits 16A (east) and 16B (west)
16.970 27.311 17 Minnetonka Boulevard
19.513 31.403 19 I-394 east / US 12 – Minneapolis, Wayzata Signed as exits 19A (east) and 19B (west); I-394 east exit 1, west exits 1A-B
Plymouth 20.366 32.776 20 Carlson Parkway
21.302 34.282 21 County 6
22.272 35.843 22 MN 55
23.522 37.855 23 County 9 (Rockford Road)
Maple Grove 26.203 42.170 26 County 10 (Bass Lake Road)
27.993 45.050 27 I-94 / I-694 east – St. Cloud Route continues as I-694; I-94 exit 216.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interstate 494 Minnesota. Interstate-Guide.com. Accessed May 17, 2005.
  2. ^ "494 Corridor Commission - Who We Are". Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  3. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation (August 14, 2014). "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. pp. 54–61. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  4. ^ "34th Avenue/I-494 Interchange: Diverging diamond interchange removes right turn arrows". City of Bloomington. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing