Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

I-494 and I-35W Study

Bloomington, Richfield


The I-494/35W interchange was constructed in the 1960s. Fifty three years later the interchange supports more than 290,000 motorists daily and serves as a key access point between the western and eastern Twin Cities.

High traffic volumes, economic growth along the corridors and harsh weather conditions have led to longstanding congestion, safety, and flooding issues at the interchange. In 2013, after reviewing the results of numerous types of studies, we have initiated an I-494/35W Interchange Improvement Study or “vision layout development” process that will study alternatives to improve safety, reduce congestion, allow for future development and improve access to transit alternatives in adjacent communities.

At-a-glance fact sheets about the study are available on the documents page.


  • Vision layout development process – 2013 through 2014
  • Metro Transit to select a location for a transitway station and/or park and ride to serve the METRO Orange Line - fall/winter 2013
  • Bridge type study - 2014
  • Traffic analysis and modeling - 2014
  • Determine preferred interchange concept - 2014
  • Public meetings and meetings with stakeholders - ongoing 2013 through 2014