I-694/Rice Street Interchange
Ramsey County now has full funding to design and reconstruct the interchange at I-694 and Rice Street adjacent to the communities of Shoreview, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights. The project goals are:
- Improve traffic operations along Rice Street through the interchange area.
- Prioritize the most vulnerable users to ensure that all users have equitable safety and mobility through the interchange
- Improve economic development opportunities in underutilized sites.
A short video demonstrates the experience of using multi-lane roundabouts from the perspective of the pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist.
The purpose of this project is to address the operational issues at the I-694/Rice Street (CSAH 49) interchange, improve transportation efficiency and safety for multi-modal and vulnerable users who navigate through the interchange and increase the economic development potential of currently underutilized property. The next steps include preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and a more detailed design of the three-roundabout concept. City meetings, local and MnDOT approval and bidding on the project are steps following the Environmental Assessment and interchange design.
Benefits of the interchange
Additional videos, maps, meeting summaries and fact sheets are available on the Rice Street/I-694 Interchange Analysis and Design project website.