I-694 between Arden Hills and Little Canada: 2016-2017 construction
Traffic switch details
April showers held off long enough last night to allow construction crews to move eastbound I-694 traffic into a new pattern to allow work on the new eastbound lanes to begin next week. If your traveling on eastbound I-694, youll find two lanes of traffic separated by a concrete median barrier between Lexington Ave. in Arden Hills and I-35E in Little Canada/Vadnais Heights.
When traveling eastbound, you will need to choose a lane at the beginning of the work zone. If you use the *”left lane”* you will *”not”* be able to exit the interstate between Lexington Ave. and I-35E and will have to continue east on I-694 past I-35E.
Drivers in the *”right lane”* *”will “*be able to exit the freeway as usual but will have to travel south on I-35E with no access to I-694.
Traffic on the westbound lanes was reduced to two lanes earlier this month and the ramp from Rice St. to westbound I-694 also is closed and detoured for the construction season.
More about this project
We will be adding a third lane to the eastbound interstate this year. We rebuilt and added a third lane on the westbound side of the interstate last year.
During construction, we will keep two lanes of traffic open in each direction. Temporary lanes around the construction zone will separate traffic from construction work. Ramps along the eastbound interstate will close when there is work nearby, however no two adjacent ramps will close. And well let you know with enough time to plan your route.
When complete in November of 2017, the project will improve driver safety and accessibility, increase capacity to lessen congestion and provide smoother road surfaces. In addition, the new roadway will enhance the movement of freight and support economic development.