Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info


Arden Hills, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, Little Canada

Traffic Impacts

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map

I-694 project location map

Click map for larger PDF version.

Learn about this project


Note: The closure of the ramps between EB I-694 and Rice Street is cancelled until early to mid-July after the July 4th Holiday weekend. More details will be available in late-June.

Now open:

  • The ramp from Lexington Ave. to EB I-694
  • The ramp from EB I-694 to Lexington Ave.

6 a.m. Tue, July 25 through late-August

  • The ramps from EB I-694 to Rice St. and from Rice St. to EB I-694 are closed
    • Detour: Rice St, Little Canada Rd/Co Rd. E and I-35E

April 11 through October

  • WB I-694 is reduced to two lanes
  • The ramp from Rice St. to westbound I-694 is closed

Eastbound lanes

April 21 through November
  • A third lane will be added to the eastbound interstate using the same technique on the westbound lanes: two lanes of traffic separated by a concrete median barrier. The inside lane with be a through lane and the outside lane will allow access to local roadways along the corridor between Lexington Ave. and Rice St.



Video Series

Know Your Route - watch this four part series to learn about the work on I-694 and how to drive the work zone between Lexington Ave. in Arden Hills and Rice St. in Little Canada from Spring 2016 through Fall 2017.

Part 1 - Brief Project Overview

Part 2 - Project Phases and Driving Tips

Part 3 - Impact on Minnesota's Economy

Part 4 - Know Your Route

About this project

Summary of work

  • Add a third general purpose lane in each direction between Rice St. and Lexington Ave.
  • Reconstruct I-694 between Rice St. and Lexington Ave.
  • Rebuild interstate ramps at Lexington Ave., Victoria St, and Rice St.
  • Open the right lane of the bridge from northbound I-35E to westbound I-694. The right lane will become an exit-only lane to Rice St.
  • Build a noise wall along the south side of I-694 west of Rice Street in Shoreview
  • Improve storm water drainage throughout the corridor.
  • Project information flyer (PDF)

A noise study conducted in the area in 2014 showed that a noise barrier constructed south of I-694 and west of Rice St. would reduce the noise from traffic for some property owners and residents. Residents and property owners who will have a reduction in noise of at least five (5) decibels voted on construction of a noise barrier in April 2015. They approved its construction as part of this project in 2016. More information about noise barriers.