This page covers I-494 from I-394/US 12 in Minnetonka to I-94/694 in Maple Grove. Total length of this section is approximately 8.5 miles.
Another relatively old section of the I-494/694 beltway, this section was opened in the late-1960s. Although going through what is now a built-up part of Plymouth, this section of I-494 still feels rather rural in nature, although the traffic belies that feeling. A high-voltage power line parallels I-494 along much of this segment. This segment used to have some of the most spaced out interchanges along the I-494/694 beltway, with the original interchanges being at US 12, MN 55, Rockford Rd, and Bass Lake Rd. The Carlson Parkway interchange was added in the mid-1980s, and assisted in detours during construction of I-394. Later on, during the early-1990s, Hennepin County built an interchange at CSAH 6, which wound up being a combination of projects. Besides the interchange, there were improvements to nearby sections of CSAH 6, culvert and pavement replacement along I-494, and a 3rd lane each direction was added between Carlson Parkway and MN 55. That project plus a minor improvement under the Carlson Pkwy overpass has brought this stretch of I-494 to its present configuration.
6 lanes between I-394 and MN 55
4 lanes north of MN 55
Average Daily Traffic Counts
|North of I-394/US 12||35,300||34,700||39,500||47,000||48,000||54,000||66,000||78,000|
|North of Carlson Pkwy||N/A||N/A||N/A||45,500||47,900||54,000||66,000||70,000|
|North of CSAH 6||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||72,000|
|North of MN 55||35,600||32,600||39,000||39,100||47,500||52,000||52,000||69,000|
|North of Rockford Rd||34,500||30,500||36,500||39,700||46,100||51,000||60,000||67,000|
|North of Bass Lake Rd||27,800||28,500||34,000||40,600||48,200||49,500||57,000||65,000|
|494 N to 94 W ramps||9,900||14,900||15,800||15,700||26,750||26,500||28,500||33,500|
|North of I-394/US 12||86,000||96,000||105,000||98,000||97,000||105,000||+22%|
|North of Carlson Pkwy||88,000||95,000||105,000||101,000||109,000||103,000||+17%|
|North of CSAH 6||82,000||88,000||94,000||92,000||93,000||91,000||+11%|
|North of MN 55||81,000||79,000||81,000||80,000||80,000||90,000||+11%|
|North of Rockford Rd||72,000||77,000||78,000||79,000||79,000||81,000||+13%|
|North of Bass Lake Rd||70,000||75,000||77,000||74,000||76,000||79,000||+13%|
|494 N to 94 W ramps||36,500||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Carlson Pkwy interchange opened after 1984.
CSAH 6 interchange opened after 1992.
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Last updated 12 May, 2008