As this blog has reported a couple of times, the Minnesota Department of Transportation this summer is adding a third lane to I-494 between Hwy. 55 and the Fish Lake Interchange.

This week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will host an open house to allow residents to learn how the construction project will affect travel. MnDOT officials will present an overview of the project from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Av. N.

Similar meetings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.  March 3 at the Ridgedale Library and March 4 at the Maple Grove Community Center. All three meetings will cover I-494 along with construction planned on I-394, I-494, Hwy 12, Weaver Lake Rd, Hwy. 55 and Hwy. 610.

For those who want the Reader's Digest version, here is what is scheduled to take place this summer on I-494:

This spring - no date announced yet - all traffic will be shifted to the northbound side.  The freeway north of Hwy. 55 will be configured to have two southbound lanes and one northbound lane during morning commutes and two northbound lanes and one southbound lane during evening commutes.  A movable barrier will separate the traffic lanes.

Between I-394 and Hwy. 55, the northbound side will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction at all hours of the day

Commuters can expect temporary ramp closures and 30-day closures of Schmidt Lake Road and County Road 47 under 494.

The $86 million project will be completed in 2016.

On Hwy. 610, MnDOT will continue building westward as part of the project to extend the highway to I-94 in Rogers.  Currently the highway ends at County Road 81 in Maple Grove.  That project also will be completed in 2016.

A new auxiliary lane will be added to Hwy. 12.

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