This page covers I-494 from the I-94/694 interchange in Oakdale to the US 52 interchange in Inver Grove Heights. Total length of this section is approximately 7.9 miles.
This section of I-494 includes one of the worst bottlenecks in the metro area: the I-494 Wakota Bridge over the Mississippi River. The old bridge was narrow, a safety hazard, and scene of many accidents and heavy congestion. Fortunately, construction of a replacement span is underway, begun in 2002. After some design issues, the westbound span was opened in 2006, although fallout from those same design issues has resulted in MnDOT firing the contractor. A new contract to build the eastbound span and complete the project was let to bid in 2007, ironically to the same contractor who was fired previously. Unfortunately, this will result in the original completion date of 2007 being pushed to at least 2009, if not 2010. Still, the completed westbound span, striped for 3 lanes in each direction, is a big improvement over the old 4-lane bridge.
4 lanes from I-94/694 to US 61/10
6 lanes from US 61/10 to US 52
C/D roads at US 52
Average Daily Traffic Counts
|S of I-94/I-694||18,700||22,100||29,000||29,000||38,500||47,000||45,000||56,000|
|S of MN 120||17,700||19,000||25,700||25,500||37,500||44,000||40,000||52,000|
|S of Bailey Rd||17,500||18,700||25,200||24,500||36,000||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|W of US 61/10||32,800||30,300||38,400||38,800||N/A||N/A||59,000||71,000|
|W of Hardman Ave||34,100||32,200||40,400||40,600||46,500||60,000||58,000||71,000|
|W of MN 156||30,600||29,200||31,000||41,500||45,600||60,000||59,000||73,000|
|W of 5th/7th Aves||32,600||31,300||33,000||43,200||46,800||62,000||61,000||75,000|
|S of I-94/I-694||59,000||65,000||69,000||67,000||74,000||78,000||+32%|
|S of Tamarack Rd||N/A||N/A||N/A||67,000||71,000||72,000||N/A|
|S of Valley Creek Rd||52,000||58,000||60,000||57,000||64,000||59,000||+13%|
|S of Lake Blvd||54,000||60,000||62,000||57,000||64,000||57,000||+6%|
|S of Bailey Rd||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|W of US 61/10||73,000||78,000||85,000||87,000||87,000||87,000||+19%|
|W of Hardman Ave||72,000||79,000||84,000||85,000||85,000||86,000||+19%|
|W of MN 156||76,000||84,000||88,000||89,000||87,000||86,000||+13%|
|W of 5th/7th Aves||79,000||88,000||92,000||92,000||93,000||91,000||+15%|
Traffic volumes west of 5th/7th Aves before 1988 reflect the
pre-494-construction MN 110.
Lake Blvd interchange opened after 1994.
Tamarack Rd interchange opened ca. 2002.
2004 volumes between US 61/10 and MN 156 affected by Wakota Bridge construction.
Click HERE for the Exit List
Last updated 12 May, 2008