ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (WCCO) — The commute through the north Metro is getting quite the shake-up — and it’ll be that way for the next two years.

A major construction project, ready to roll at Interstate 694 and Highway 10, hopes to reduce the number of crashes in the Arden Hills area.

The two-mile stretch of 694 and Highway 10, between Interstate 35W and Lexington Avenue, will get a major upgrade but that means plenty of delays until that’s completed.

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews will be changing the construction of the lanes to help ease congestion and eliminate the weaving drivers have to do in order to merge in that area.

Crews will also be making several improvements to the bridges in the area. With both those projects going on, drivers should expect quite a mess for the next two years.

MnDOT said that area is typically a traffic jam during rush hour and they also see quite a number of accidents on those highways.

Comments (12)
  1. Swamp Fox says:

    This project is long overdue. Hope it doesn’t muck up the new stadium project infrastructure if-&-when it’s built!

    1. k-mart says:

      Hopefully the vikings will be in LA next year so it won’t really matter.

      1. Good bye VIkes! says:

        I agree with you Kmart

        1. Swamp Fox says:

          Oh yea of little faith! There is still a glimmer of hope the Vikes stay and the roads get fixed.

  2. Daryl says:

    Maybe they can do the 3-lane build-out as long as they are mucking things up. That is 20 years overdue.

  3. Sloppy reporting says:

    The project actually spans the length of 694 from 35W all the way to 35E. All interchanges and bridges will be upgraded. And it will be 3 lanes. You can read about it at the MNDOT web site. (I guess the reporter didn’t bother?)

    1. incorrectadvice says:

      no mention of 35E anywhere on their website;

      (I guess you didn’t bother to read their website throughly)

      1. abouttime says:

        Neither of you read carefully. Check this link.
        Map does show all the way to 35e, not sure about 3 lanes even though it is needed.

        1. Mikey says:

          Fail again. incorrectadvice wins.

          The map clearly shows the work zone is between 35W and Lexington. Also note this quote from that page:

          Location: I-694 between I-35W in New Brighton and Lexington Avenue in Arden Hills

          No mention of 35E anywhere on the page. Also, sadly, no mention of expanding to 3 lanes, though one would hope MnDOT would be proactive enough to make that happen – although there is no mention of work at 35W itself, which I would think be needed if you wanted to upgrade to 3 lanes in, and east of, that interchange.

  4. Sandy says:

    This is actually too bad, it just started flowing smooth thru there! There isn’t going to be a stadium either, read the news, tax here, tax there, here a tax there a tax, where the H is the $$ going to come from to pay for a playground for a losing team.

  5. Rockfish says:

    And then it will carry traffic smoothly to and from the new ball park.

  6. Brad says:

    They will expand to 3 lanes shortly, however it will be a MNPASS only and you will have to pay $$ to use the 3rd lane.

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