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Interstate 494
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 43 mi[1] (69.20 km)
Formed: 1985
West end: I-94 / I-694 in Maple Grove, MN
Major
junctions:
I-394 in Minnetonka, MN
I-35W in Bloomington, MN
I-35E in Mendota Heights, MN
US 52 in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
US 61 in Newport, Minnesota
East end: I-94 / I-694 in Woodbury, MN
Minnesota State 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-St. Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota. The 43-mile (69 km) road is coupled with Interstate 694 (which goes to the north) at each end, and composes more than half of the major beltway of the region. I-694/I494 also act as loop routes for Interstate 35E and Interstate 35W.

The highway 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.

Construction on the road first began in the late 1950s, and it was finally completed by about 1985. Upgrades continue to be made to widen the road to at least three lanes in each direction. Expansion of the Wakota Bridge is underway over the Mississippi River. It is named so because it connects Washington County and Dakota County. A major reconstruction/widening project was completed in fall 2006 between Minnesota State Highway 5 West/U.S. Highway 212 East (Exits 11B and C) and Carlson Parkway (Exit 20). Plans for up to six lanes in each direction for parts of I-494 in Bloomington, Minnesota are proposed but not yet funded.

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Route description

Legally, the route of Interstate 494 is defined as part of Route 393 in Minnesota Statutes § 161.12(5). [1]

Exit numbering is unusual in that it begins at the Minnesota River heading westbound (between Bloomington and Mendota Heights), 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 the Mall of America, just south of the intersection of I-494 and Minnesota State Highway 77.

Exit list

County Location Mile # Destinations Notes
Washington Woodbury I-694 north Counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
58 I-94St. Paul, Madison Signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east)
58C Tamarack Road
59 Valley Creek Road Past unsigned southern terminus of Highway 120
60 Lake Road
Newport 63 US 10 / US 61 / Bailey Road – St. Paul, Hastings Signed as exits 63A (west/north) and 63B (east/south)
63C Maxwell Avenue
Dakota South St. Paul 64A Hardman Avenue
64B MN 156 (Concord Street)
65 5th Avenue, 7th Avenue
Inver Grove Heights 66 US 52St. Paul, Rochester
67 MN 3 (Robert Street) / MN 110
Eagan, Mendota Heights 69 MN 149 (Dodd Road) to MN 55
70 I-35ESt. Paul, Albert Lea
71 CR 31 (Pilot Knob Road)
Hennepin Bloomington 1A MN 5 east - Main Terminal, St. Paul via 7th Street Counterclockwise end of TH 5 overlap
1B 34th Avenue — HHH Terminal
2A 24th Avenue
2BC MN 77 Signed as exits 2B (north) and 2C (south)
Bloomington, Richfield
3 12th Avenue, Portland Avenue
4A Nicollet Avenue
4B Lyndale Avenue
5 I-35WMinneapolis, Albert Lea Signed as exits 5A (north) and 5B (south)
6A CR 32 (Penn Avenue)
Bloomington 6B CR 17 (France Avenue)
7A MN 100
7B CR 34 (Normandale Boulevard)
8 CR 28 (East Bush Lake Road) Clockwise exit and counterclockwise entrance
10 US 169 Signed as exits 10A (north) and 10B (south)
Eden Prairie 11 US 212 Signed as exits 11A (west) and 11B (east)
11C MN 5 west Clockwise end of TH 5 overlap
12 CR 39 (Valley View Road) Counterclockwise exit and clockwise entrance
13 MN 62 / CR 62
Minnetonka
16 MN 7 Signed as exits 16A (east) and 16B (west)
17 Minnetonka Boulevard
19 I-394 east / US 12Minneapolis, Wayzata Signed as exits 19A (east) and 19B (west)
Plymouth 20 Carlson Parkway
21 CR 6
22 MN 55
23 CR 9 (Rockford Road)
Maple Grove 26 CR 10 (Bass Lake Road)
27 I-94 west – St. Cloud
I-94 east / I-694 Clockwise exit and counterclockwise entrance

See also

References

  1. ^ Interstate 494 Minnesota. Interstate-Guide.com. Accessed May 17, 2005.

External links

Coordinates: 45°01′46″N 93°27′09″W / 45.02938°N 93.45245°W / 45.02938; -93.45245

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