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Brief: Some I-694 Ramps Reopen, Some Close on Thursday

The wait is finally over. Ramps will be opening (weather-permitting) by rush-hour on Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has some good news for drivers. 

The eastbound and southbound lanes to and from Highway 36 and I-694 will reopen by rush-hour on Thursday. The ramps have been closed for the past couple of months while MnDOT has resurfaced the roadway.

While those ramps will be opening, MnDOT will then close the eastbound and southbound ramps to and from Highway 120 (Century Avenue).

MnDOT is on track to finish its I-694 concrete replacement project by the end of the month. All ramps should reopen by the end of October. By mid-November the entire project should be complete. 

The I-694 concrete replacement project has taken place from 40th Street to Highway 61, impacting Oakdale, Mahtomedi, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and Maplewood. 

 

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Simon D October 11, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Is anyone else sick of all the road and ramp reconstruction every year? There is a simple solution that would not only save tax dollars, but would help the environment and improve the quality and life expectancy of roads and ramps. In our climate, due to expansion and contraction of concrete and asphalt with the seasons, our typical useful life of new road construction is 5-8 years. If we allowed the introduction of recycled steel-belted radial tires into our construction materials, that life expectancy would be 50+ years. Making this change would allow for expansion and contraction of roads without the buckling and cracking apart that we get now, and would solve one of the three major garbage issues in this country, the mountains of tires that do not decay. The downside, of course, is the job security of the construction industry, which after a number of years would have far fewer roads to fix. That industry recognizes this and has long fought against this materials upgrade. They have spent alot of special interest dollars politically to keep this from being an approved material for public road construction. These roads have been in use in places like Germany and even in private gated communities in Florida for decades with fantastic results, and despite the loss of jobs this might cause in the future it would certainly be beneficial for this country.

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