MnDOT gets $60 million federal grant to upgrade I-494 in Bloomington
July 12, 2021
As four years of construction on Interstate 35W in south Minneapolis come to a close - the project between downtown Minneapolis and the Crosstown will be done Sept. 10 - the Minnesota Department of Transportation is prepping for the metro's next major freeway upgrade: Interstate 494 through Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Richfield.
The "I-494: Airport to Hwy. 169" project got a big boost July 1 when the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded MnDOT a $60 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to improve traffic flow on the freeway between Hwy. 169 and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
"The grant is great news for the project," said MnDOT's David Aeikens. "It will help make I-494 safer, less congested, last longer and provide new and improved ways for walkers and bicyclists to cross the freeway."