I-694/Rice Street Interchange

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Rice Street lane configuration following reconstruction
Rice Street lane configuration following reconstruction (Layout made with Streetmix / CC BY-SA)

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.

Learn more about the interchange design and roundabouts.

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Timeline

Work on the project began in March 2019 and will involve three phases:

  • Phase one: Rebuild the southbound side of the Rice Street bridge and build the new eastbound off-ramp from I-694 and westbound on-ramp from Rice Street. - complete
  • Phase two: Rebuild the northbound side of the Rice Street bridge and build the new westbound off-ramp to I-694. – complete
  • Phase three: Build the new eastbound on-ramp to I-694. – current phase

The project is expected to be complete in late 2020.

Detours and closures

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Detours on I-694

There will be occasional lane closures on I-694 during non-peak traffic hours throughout the project. ​

There is currently an all-way stop on Rice Street at the I-694 entrance and exit ramps.

Westbound I-694 exit ramp to Rice Street closed

The westbound I-694 exit ramp to Rice Street is closed through late summer to pour concrete pavement for the ramp and complete remaining construction tasks.

Traffic is detoured on westbound I-694 to the Victoria Street exit ramp, then to eastbound I-694 and the Rice Street exit ramp.

Eastbound I-694 entrance ramp from Rice Street closed

The eastbound I-694 entrance ramp from Rice Street is closed. The ramp will remain closed through summer 2020.

Traffic is detoured via westbound I-694 to Victoria Street, then eastbound on I-694.

Detours on Rice Street

Construction is underway on the segment of Rice Street south of the bridge over I-694. Crews are working on utility connections at the interchange and the roadway connection to Country Drive. Please follow all posted signs to navigate the construction area.

All traffic from the bridge to Vadnais Boulevard is shifted to the west half of the road with one lane open in each direction. The east half of Rice Street is closed for construction.

The intersection at Vadnais Lake Boulevard and Rice Street is an all-way stop. ​

There is currently an all-way stop on Rice Street at the I-694 entrance and exit ramps.

Vadnais Boulevard/County Road E

  • The new roundabout at the intersection is open. 
  • Work is underway to reconstruct County Road E (Grass Lake Place). The road is open to traffic with one lane in each direction.

Country Drive/North Owasso Boulevard

Country Drive has reopened between Spruce Street and Rice Street. The new roundabout at the intersection of Rice Street, North Owasso Boulevard and Country Drive is open. Access to all business on Country Drive is via the new roundabout.

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