I-494, 169 ramps set to open Wednesday

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  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 5:32 AM
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curtwigNov. 13, 1211:14 PM

A link to a map would be nice.

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dorkeemnNov. 14, 12 5:58 AM

Looking at the map (google = friend) there are two sets of drivers that are out of luck - those going East on 494 who want to go North on 169 - Good luck - you have to go to Bush Lake Road, Exit and come back on WB 494. And those going South on 169 who wish to go West on 494 - they have to exit 169, go through a roundabout, then reenter 494. Anyone want to guess where there will be backup and accidents?

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ajbeastro99Nov. 14, 12 6:23 AM

dorkeemn - They designed these ramps out for a reason. Why would you need to go west from 169 south or north from 494 east? 212 is a mile away and is a more direct route for either way you need to travel.

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suburbsguyNov. 14, 12 7:26 AM

I'll bet they'll be back in less than 10 years to complete the missing ramps.

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proute507Nov. 14, 12 8:53 AM

@dorkeemn. "those going East on 494 who want to go North on 169 - Good luck - you have to go to Bush Lake Road, Exit and come back on WB 494" Wrong. Go to the MnDot map & you'll figure it out. Navigate the roundabouts & you won't need to head all the way east to bush lake rd.

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dontquitenoNov. 14, 1210:07 AM

@proute507 So is there going to be a ramp from the east frontage road or something? I followed the map and ended up in the NE roundabout but I don't see where the actual merge onto NB 169 occurs.

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dorkeemnNov. 14, 1211:39 AM

@proute - I did that and ended up on the same frontage road as dontquiteno... unless there is an onramp further up.... @ajbeastro99 - you know that and so do about 10 other drivers - there's a reason that there was a stoplight on 494/169 that had a left turn arrow - tons of people went 494 east to 169 north - as well as 169 south to 494 west. My guess is that they will add ramps within 5 years to 169 north from 494 east and from 169 to 494 west.

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rraganNov. 15, 12 4:17 AM

All the ramps to southbound 169 are now open so I had hoped to see the traffic flowing freely and all the backup gone....wrong! Now I'm skeptical that the interchange is going to accomplish anything to relieve the 169 congestion. Oh well, at least a bunch of construction workers have had jobs for past couple of years.

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