NEWSBRIEF: Lane shift and ramp closures on Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul

Motorists traveling eastbound Interstate 494 between Seventh Avenue and Highway 61 in South St. Paul should plan for major delays as eastbound I-494 is reduced to a single lane and ramps close beginning Sunday, June 16.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, eastbound I-494 will be a single lane between Seventh Avenue and Highway 61 as crews begin placing barriers for a traffic switch to complete the I-494 bridge work over Concord Street. Once crews complete their traffic switch by 5 a.m. Monday, June 17, eastbound I-494 will be reduced to two lanes between Seventh Avenue and Highway 61 until early-August. 

In addition, the Concord loop ramp to eastbound I-494 will also be closed and detoured beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16 through early-August. Motorists should follow the signed detours to Hardman Avenue to eastbound I-494 during the closures. 

Motorists should expect delays on adjacent routes due to the lane and ramp closures on eastbound I-494. Please plan ahead and know your route.

These traffic shifts and ramp closures are part of a larger project on I-494 where crews will widen, resurface and replace bridge joints on the Concord Street/Highway 156 bridge, construct auxiliary lanes on westbound I-494 between Hardman Avenue to west of Fifth Avenue, improve drainage and construct noise walls. 

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