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Posted on: July 10, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 1-494 Bridge & Pavement Improvement

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A pavement resurfacing and bridge repair project is well underway on Interstate 494 from South St. Paul to Inver Grove Heights. Additional work is scheduled to begin which will impact travel on I-494 from SSP/IGH to the east side of the Minnesota River Bridge.

Summary of Proposed Work

  • I-494 bridge decks over 35E - Resurface bridge deck and replace joints
  • Repair I-494 pavement between SSP/IGH and the East side of the Minnesota River bridge
  • Improve drainage and construct ponds
  • Replace lighting
  • Add turn lane and replace signal at 494/Pilot Knob Road

Project Schedule: Construction begins July 2019 and is expected to be complete by fall 2020

Benefits: Improve traffic flow and safety and extend pavement and bridge life

Cost: $26.8 million (current total project estimate)


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Motorists traveling on Interstate 494 in Mendota Heights, Eagan and Inver Grove Heights should plan for major delays for the second weekend as both directions of I-494 will have lane and ramp closures beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, weather permitting.

The left lane of westbound I-494 between Highway 62/Old Highway 110 and I-35E will close beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 as crews set up the movable barrier in order to pave eastbound I-494.

Several ramps between I-35E and Highway 62 will close beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, including:
• Northbound I-35E to eastbound I-494
• Southbound I-35E to eastbound I-494
• Dodd Road to and from eastbound I-494
• Highway 3 to and from eastbound I-494

Crews will then reduce eastbound I-494 to a single lane between I-35E and Highway 62 by 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.
All lanes and ramps are expected to reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 5. The closure is needed as crews resurface the road. Residents who live near this area of I-494 may hear noise as crews work around the clock to remove pavement, set barrier and pave the road.

The lane and ramp closures are the first of several closures as part of a larger project on I-494 to repave the road, update drainage and repair seven bridges on an eight mile stretch of I-494 between the Minnesota River and Third Avenue in South St. Paul. For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

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