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.
Detours and closures
Rice Street is currently closed to southbound traffic from Vadnais Boulevard to Gramsie Road due to flooding. The road is open to northbound traffic
There will be occasional lane closures on I-694 during non-peak traffic hours throughout the project.
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.