I-694/Rice Street Interchange
The interchange at I-694 and Rice Street adjacent to the communities of Shoreview, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights is being reconstructed in 2019 and 2020.
Once complete, this multi-year, $22.9 million project will:
- Improve traffic flow along Rice Street through the interchange area.
- Prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists to ensure all users can travel safety through the interchange.
- Improve economic development opportunities in underutilized sites near the area.
Work began in March 2019 and is expected to last two years.
Construction is currently in phase one, which involves rebuilding the southbound side of the Rice Street bridge and building the new eastbound off-ramp from I-694 and westbound on-ramp from Rice Street. Phase one is expected to last through August 2019.
Phase two will involve rebuilding the northbound side of the Rice Street bridge and building the new westbound off-ramp to I-694. Phase two is expected to begin in August 2019 and last through November 2019.
Phase three will involve the eastbound on-ramp to I-694 and bridge and will be completed in 2020. The eastbound on-ramp is scheduled to close in August 2019 and reopen in the summer of 2020.
Detours and closures
Rice Street is currently closed to southbound traffic between Vadnais Boulevard and Gramsie Road due to flooding. The northbound lane is open.
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There will be occasional lane closures on I-694 during non-peak traffic hours throughout the project.
I-694 closed June 28-July 1
I-694 will be closed from Snelling Avenue to Rice Street Friday, June 28 - Monday, July 1 to allow crews to install support beams on the west side of the Rice Street bridge over I-694 and the new eastbound I-694 exit ramp to Rice Street.
I-694 will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. Motorists should follow the posted detours using I-35W, Highway 36 and I-35E and use alternate routes when possible.
Westbound I-694 ramp to Rice Street
The westbound I-694 ramp to Rice Street is closed.
Traffic to southbound Rice Street is detoured on westbound I-694 to Lexington Avenue, then south on Lexington Avenue to County Road C, then east on County Road C to Rice Street.
Traffic to northbound Rice Street is detoured on westbound I-694 to Lexington Avenue, then north on Lexington Avenue to Highway 96, then east on Highway 96 to Hodgson Road.
Eastbound I-694 ramp to Rice Street
The eastbound I-694 ramp to Rice Street is closed. The ramp will remain closed through late summer.
Traffic is currently detoured east on I-694 to I-35E south to Little Canada Road, then west on Little Canada Road to Rice Street.
Westbound I-694 ramp from Rice Street
The westbound I-694 ramp from Rice Street is closed. The ramp will remain closed through late summer.
A new detour will be in place due to flooding on Rice Street. Traffic will be detoured south on Rice Street to County Road C, then west on County Road C to Lexington Avenue, then north on Lexington Avenue to I-694.
All traffic from North Owasso Boulevard to Vadnais Boulevard is shifted to the east half of the road with one lane open in each direction. The stop light at Vadnais Lake Boulevard and Rice Street is an all-way stop. The west half of the road is closed for construction.
Vadnais Boulevard/County Road E
- The intersection at Rice Street and Vadnais Boulevard is an all-way stop.
- Work is underway to reconstruct County Road E (Grass Lake Place). The road is open to traffic with one lane in each direction.
North Owasso Boulevard/Country Drive
North Owasso Boulevard is closed to all traffic from Soo Street to Rice Street. Traffic should follow the posted detour using Victoria Street to County Road C to Rice Street. Business access will be maintained from Rice Street.
There is an all-way stop at the intersection of Rice Street and Country Drive.