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MnDOT approves funding for I-35W and I-494 improvements

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May 02, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (05/01/18) - The 17th worst commute in the country is about to get better thanks to the State’s Corridors of Commerce program. Today, MnDOT awarded $204 million toward I-35W and I-494 improvements across Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. The grant funds will be allocated as detailed below:

    $70 Million - Complete Phase 1 of the I-494/I-35W turbine interchange, northbound to westbound directional ramp.
    $134 Million – I-494 from France Avenue to Trunk Highway 77 eastbound and from Trunk Highway 77 to I-35W westbound, add MnPASS lanes in both directions.

This funding marks a key step in improving Minnesota’s transportation infrastructure. The projects will ease congestion on the busiest intersection in Minnesota—one that serves 21 percent of the metro’s commuters as well as a high volume of state to state freight and vehicle traffic.

“This project will ease frustration for hundreds of thousands of commuters and improve commerce for the region by updating an interchange that has been in dire need of improvement for many years,” Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead said. “Thank you to the Governor, MnDOT and Legislators who helped make funding for Corridors of Commerce possible.”
 
A number of governmental agencies and civic organizations worked diligently for years to help provide awareness and funding for these projects, including: State Legislators along the I-494 and I-35W corridor, numerous Chambers of Commerce, the I-494 Corridor Commission, the 35W Solutions Alliance, the Cities of Richfield, Edina, Bloomington and Eden Prairie, and Hennepin County.  Construction could start as early as 2021.