I-394 Ridgedale Ramp project information

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Updated information on I-394 Ridgedale Ramp

Update: July 3, 2014

July closures planned for I-394 westbound ramps to Ridgedale Drive, Plymouth Road in Minnetonka
Two temporary closures of I-394 westbound ramps in Minnetonka will affect motorists in the upcoming weeks.

  • July 8 through 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the westbound I-394 ramp to Ridgedale Drive and to Ridgedale Drive north of I-394 will be closed to place bridge beams for the new I-394 on-ramp at Ridgedale Drive. Motorists are encouraged to use the Plymouth Road exit, just west of the Ridgedale Drive exit, as a detour during this closure.
  • Starting July 14, the I-394 westbound ramp to Plymouth Road in Minnetonka will be closed for approximately three weeks. This closure is necessary to maintain safety during construction of the additional traffic lane along the north side of west I-394 from Ridgedale Drive to west of Plymouth Road. Additionally, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day the week of July 14, I-394 West will be reduced to two lanes from Ridgedale Drive to Plymouth Road. Motorists will be detoured to I-494 South to I-394 East to the East Plymouth Road exit ramp, which will remain open.

Street Project: Intersection improvements
Intersection Improvements

Project Start Date

Fall 2013

Project Length

Fall 2014

Project description

This spring and summer Lunda Construction will be building a westbound I-394 bridge on-ramp at Ridgedale Drive. The existing interchange only allows three of four movements (eastbound off-ramp, eastbound on-ramp, and westbound off-ramp). Completion of this project will improve the interchange to a full-access interchange helping to relieve congestion in the area and at nearby access ramps at Plymouth Road and Hopkins Crossroad.

Reconstruction of the north frontage road from Ridgedale Drive to about 1000 feet east is required to raise the road to meet on-ramp grade requirements to I-394. The proposed roadway section will be similar to the existing configuration and remain a two lane section with the addition of a westbound left turn lane to the new ramp. An eastbound right turn lane will be added to provide access to the new on-ramp. The new on-ramp intersection with the north frontage road will not include any stop control features.

In addition, the project will add a westbound I-394 auxiliary lane from the on-ramp to just east of Plymouth Road, connecting to the work recently completed by MnDOT. MnDOT’s project split the existing I-394 westbound single exit to I-494/Carlson Parkway into two exits and constructed an auxiliary lane from I-494 to Plymouth Road. The combination of both of these projects will result in an auxiliary lane from Ridgedale Drive to I-494.

Comments/questions
Plans

Existing I-394 Ridgedale Drive westbound on-ramp rendering from the north (PDF)

Proposed I-394 Ridgedale Drive westbound on-ramp rendering from the north (PDF)

Preliminary layout for I-394 Ridgedale Drive westbound on-ramp (PDF)

Closeup of I-394 Ridgedale Drive westbound on-ramp layout (PDF)

Reports

Ridgedale open house presentation: May 16, 2013 (PDF)

Ridgedale drive poster board exhibits (PDF)

Newsletters

Newsletter: March 12, 2014 (PDF)

Updates

Update: July 3, 2014

July closures planned for I-394 westbound ramps to Ridgedale Drive, Plymouth Road in Minnetonka
Two temporary closures of I-394 westbound ramps in Minnetonka will affect motorists in the upcoming weeks.

  • July 8 through 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, the westbound I-394 ramp to Ridgedale Drive and to Ridgedale Drive north of I-394 will be closed to place bridge beams for the new I-394 on-ramp at Ridgedale Drive. Motorists are encouraged to use the Plymouth Road exit, just west of the Ridgedale Drive exit, as a detour during this closure.
  • Starting July 14, the I-394 westbound ramp to Plymouth Road in Minnetonka will be closed for approximately three weeks. This closure is necessary to maintain safety during construction of the additional traffic lane along the north side of west I-394 from Ridgedale Drive to west of Plymouth Road. Additionally, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day the week of July 14, I-394 West will be reduced to two lanes from Ridgedale Drive to Plymouth Road. Motorists will be detoured to I-494 South to I-394 East to the East Plymouth Road exit ramp, which will remain open.

Update: June 27, 2014

Temporary closures on I-394, I-394 West Ridgedale Ramp and Ridgedale Drive

  • Westbound I-394 will be reduced to two lanes between Ridgedale Drive and Plymouth Road on Tuesday, June 24 to Friday June 27 Monday, June 30 from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. The westbound I-394 lane reduction has been extended through Monday, June 30. The closure is necessary to complete grading and utility work on the north side of I-394 in this area.
  • Temporary closures of the westbound I-394 Ramp to Ridgedale Drive and portions of Ridgedale Drive north of I-394 have been tentatively rescheduled for the week of June 30 to set bridge beams. These temporary closures will occur during non-rush hours, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Update: March 21, 2014

The contractor’s setup work has progressed quickly, and they are ready begin retaining wall and bride pier foundation work. This work consists of driving steel piles into the ground for support and is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, March 20. The piling will take place primarily over the next three weeks and then periodically throughout the project.


Update: March 20, 2014

Construction of the I-394 westbound on-ramp at Ridgedale Drive is expected to start the week of March 17, weather permitting. This includes closing the north frontage road from Ridgedale Drive to 1000 feet east on Wayzata Boulevard through late summer. Detours to Plymouth Road and Hopkins Crossroad will be posted.