Updated: 11/19/2013 7:41 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is putting the public on notice for a major 494 construction project slated to start next summer.
The $60 million project will makeover a seven-mile stretch of the interstate. Construction will last 2.5 years.
It's going to affect a lot of Minnesotans, and that's why MnDOT wants to get the word out now.
"You have 95,000 people using that roadway today. To reduce that capacity in the peak periods, you're gonna have delay. You're squeezing,” said Scott Pederson, MnDOT project manager.
We've reported it will take drivers an extra 27 minutes to drive on 494 from 94 to 394.
Workers will repair the pavement along that stretch, maintain the bridges and widen the right shoulder.
The shoulder will be used as an extra lane during peak hours of traffic. It's called a dynamic shoulder and it should cut down on traffic and cost a lot less than creating a permanent third lane.
"We have a study that's gonna be starting to help us identify what that long range vision for the corridor will be,” said Pederson.
MnDOT held an open house Tuesday to give drivers and overview of the project.
The project is scheduled to start in July 2014 and end November 2016.