Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

Board Members

Name Title City/Agency Phone
Brad Aho, Chair City Councilmember Eden Prairie 612.759.7596
Jack Baloga City Councilmember Bloomington 952.944.5194
Dick Allendorf City Councilmember At Large Minnetonka 952.820.1656
Jack Broz Transportation Engineer Richfield 612.861.9792
Mary Brindle City Councilmember Edina 952.941.7746
David Lindahl Economic Dev. Manager Eden Prairie 952.949.8484
Glen Markegard Planning Manager Bloomington 952.563.8923
Julie Wischnack Community Dev. Director Minnetonka 952.939.8200
Pat Elliot Mayor of Richfield Richfield 612.869.3324
Mark Nolan Transportation Planner Edina 952.826.0322

Review the I-494 Corridor Commission's 2017 Legislative Priorities

I-494 is Important to the Region

  • 19% of metro area population lives along corridor.
  • 21% of metro area jobs are located on corridor.
  • Largest number of metro area hospitality and hotel sites
  • Major destinations such as MSP Airport and the Mall of America are accessed by corridor.
  • I-494 provides access to the rest of the metro area through its connections to other major highways. For example, the I-494/35W interchange is the most heavily traveled in the entire region - handling more than 200,000 vehicles daily.

I-494 History

  • 1950's and 1960's - contruction of various segments.
  • Mid-1980s - six-lane portion of freeway reaches capacity.
  • 1986 - Metropolitan Council studies corridor growth.
  • 1992 - Draft of Environmental Impact Statement for I-494 reconstruction distributed
  • 1995 - Final Environmental Impact statement released.
  • By 1998, portions of I-494 are 50% over capacity.
  • 2004 - Reconstruction of I-494 between Hwy 5 in Eden Prairie and I-394 in Minnetonka commences.

I-494 Reconstruction

  • 2004 - Reconstruction of I-494 between Hwy 5 in Eden Prairie and I-394 in Minnetonka (Stage 2) commences.
  • September 2006 - MnDOT celebrates completion of the Stage 2 Reconstruction.
  • No further projects are included in current funding plans until 2016.