Road Information

Interstate 494 in Minnesota    
Total Mileage in State: 43 miles
Western End: At I-94/I-694, in Maple Grove
Southern End: At I-94/I-694, in Woodbury
Mileage covered in Photos: 43 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Washington, Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin
Major Junctions in Photos: US 10/US 61, in Newport
US 52, in Inver Grove Heights
I-35E, in Mendota Heights
I-35W, in Bloomington
US 169, in Bloomington
I-394/US 12, in Minnetonka
I-94/I-694, in Maple Grove
Control Cities in Photos: Woodbury, South St. Paul, Eagan, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Maple Grove

Inner Loop

   

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 58B: Interstate 94 East - Madison  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 South assurance shield just south of its interchange with Interstate 94 and Interstate 694 in Woodbury, on the east side of the Twin Cities.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 58C: Tamarack Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Mileage sign listing the distances to the next three interchanges on Interstate 494 Inner Loop. As you will see later, I-494 and I-694 share a combined mileage to form a loop around the Twin Cities. Therefore, I-494's mileage starts out high and resets to zero at the Minnesota River, which we will see in a bit.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Speed limit signs on Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South). The speed limit on both I-494 and I-694 around the Twin Cities is 60 mph for all traffic, with a minimum speed limit of 40 mph.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 59: Valley Creek Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Another Interstate 494 South assurance shield just south of Exit 59.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 60: Lake Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) as it briefly dips into Ramsey County and enters the Maplewood city limits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Another mileage sign on Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) listing the distances to the three upcoming exits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) approaching Exits 63A-B - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at mile marker 62.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) as it re-enters Washington County and enters the Newport city limits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 63A: US 10 West / US 61 North - Bailey Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) at Exit 63B: US 10 East / US 61 South - Hastings  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (South) as it begins to curve to the west.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 West assurance shield as it prepares to cross the Wakota Bridge over the Mississippi River, noted by the sign seen here.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Upon crossing the Mississippi River via the Wakota Bridge, Interstate 494 West enters Dakota County.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 64A: Hardman Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 64B: MN 156 - Concord St  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 65: 5th Ave / 7th Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 66 to St. Paul Downtown Airport via US 52 North.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Another overhead mileage sign listing the distances to the three upcoming interchanges.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 66: US 52 - St Paul / Rochester  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 67: MN 110 / MN 3 - Robert St  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 West assurance shield beyond Exit 67.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Speed limit signs west of Exit 67. Again, the speed limit on Interstate 494 AND Interstate 694 around the Twin Cities is 60 mph with a minimum speed limit of 40 mph.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) as it curves further to the west in preparation to cross the Minnesota River.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) entering the Mendota Heights city limits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 69: MN 149 / MN 55 - Dodd Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) approaching Exit 70 - 1/4 mile.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 70: Interstate 35E - Albert Lea / St Paul  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) entering the Eagan city limits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at mile marker 71.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 71: CR 31 - Pilot Knob Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Ahead, after crossing the Minnesota River, the mileage on Interstate 494 Inner Loop resets to 0. Thus, the first exits beyond the river are Exits 1A-B. This sign shows which airlines are accessible at the airport's Terminal 1 via Exit 1A.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Another overhead sign showing more airlines accessible at Terminal 1 via Exit 1A.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

This third sign for the airport shows the airlines accessible at Terminal 2 via Exit 1B.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

As implied by the previous three signs, take Exit 1A to MSP Airport's Terminal 1 and Exit 1B to MSP Airport's Terminal 2.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) as it crosses the Minnesota River and into Hennepin County. At this point, I-494's mileage resets to 0.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 1A to Fort Snelling via MN 5 East.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 1B to National Cemetery and the National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center via 34th Ave.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exits 1A-B: MN 5 East - 34th Ave / MSP Airport Terminals  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at mile marker 1.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) entering Hennepin County and the Bloomington city limits.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 2A: 24th Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 2B: MN 77 North  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 2C: MN 77 South  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 3: CR 35 - 12th Ave / Portland Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) approaching Exits 5A-B - 1 1/2 miles.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at mile marker 4.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 4A: Nicollet Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Overhead mileage sign listing the distances to the three upcoming interchanges.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 4B: Lyndale Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop at Exit 5A: Interstate 35W North - Minneapolis  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 5B: Interstate 35W South - Albert Lea  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 6A: CR 32 - Penn Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 6B to Normandale Community College and Southdale Center.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 6B: CR 17 - France Ave  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 7A: MN 100  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop at Exit 7B: CR 34 - Normandale Blvd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 8: CR 28 - E Bush Lake Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 West / MN 5 West assurance shields.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) approaching Exit 10A - 3/4 mile.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 10A: US 169  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 11A to Eden Prairie Center.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 11A: CR 61 - Prairie Center Dr / Flying Cloud Dr  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 11C to Chanhassen.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 11B: US 212 East  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) as it begins to curve to the north, at the southwestern corner of the Minneapolis area.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (West) at Exit 11C: US 212 West / MN 5 West  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 North assurance shield just beyond Exit 11C.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

More speed limit signs on Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North). Same as before, the speed limit remains 60 mph with a minimum speed limit of 40 mph.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Overhead mileage sign listing the distances to the next three interchanges.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 13: MN 62 / CR 62  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) entering the Minnetonka city limits at mile marker 14.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at mile marker 15.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 16A: MN 7 East  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 16B: MN 7 West  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 17: Minnetonka Blvd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at mile marker 18.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) approaching Exits 19A-B - 3/4 mile.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Take Exit 19A to Ridgedale Center.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 19A: Interstate 394 East / US 12 East - Minneapolis  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 19B: US 12 West - Wayzata  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 21: CR 6  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 22: MN 55  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 23: CR 9 - Rockford Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

View on Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North). This construction on the west and northwest side of Minneapolis looks like it will be around for a bit.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 26: CR 10 - Bass Lake Rd  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) approaching its western terminus at the junction of Interstate 94 / Interstate 694 - 1 1/4 miles.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

With the construction restricting Interstate 494 to two lanes, use the right lane for Interstate 94 West and use the left lane for Interstate 94 East / Interstate 694 Inner Loop (East).  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at Exit 27: Interstate 94 / Interstate 694 East - St Cloud. I-494 ends just ahead and continues straight into Interstate 694 Inner Loop (East) to continue the loop around the Twin Cities.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).

Interstate 494 Inner Loop (North) at its western terminus, providing a closer view of the ramp for Exit 27.  (Photo taken 5/22/16).