Interstate 694 (I-694) is an east–west auxiliary Interstate Highway located in the Minneapolis – Saint Paul metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The western terminus of the route is at its junction with I-94, I-494, and US 52 in Maple Grove. The eastern terminus of I-694 is at its junction with I-94 and I-494 at the Woodbury–Oakdale city line. I-694 comprises the northern and northeastern portions of a beltway around the Twin Cities, with I-494 forming the remainder of the beltway. The speed limit is 60 miles per hour (95 km/h). Interstate Highways outside of the loop in Minnesota may be signed as high as 70 mph (115 km/h), but can only reach 60 mph (95 km/h) inside the loop.
I-694 highlighted in red
|Auxiliary route of I-94|
|Defined by MS § 161.12(5)|
|Maintained by MnDOT|
|Length||30.767 mi (49.515 km)|
|West end||I-94 / I-494 / US 52 in Maple Grove|
|East end||I-94 / I-494 at Woodbury–Oakdale|
|Counties||Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington|
I-694 also interchanges with I-35W at New Brighton–Arden Hills and I-35E at Little Canada–Vadnais Heights. I-694 is also concurrent with I-94/US 52 for eight miles (13 km) from Maple Grove to Brooklyn Center. I-694 is 30.767 miles (49.515 km) in length.
I-694 begins on the counter-clockwise end at the junction of I-94, I-494, US 52, and I-694 in the city of Maple Grove, often referred to as the Fish Lake Interchange. From the Fish Lake Interchange, I-694 travels eastbound (clockwise) and concurrent with I-94 and US 52 through the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, and Brooklyn Center. In Brooklyn Center, I-94/US 52 splits from I-694 and then I-94/US 52 travels south toward downtown Minneapolis, while I-694 continues its beltway function, crossing the Mississippi River on the I-694 Bridge. The route then passes through the communities of Fridley and New Brighton, where it has an interchange with I-35W. I-694 turns slightly to the southeast as it passes through the communities of Arden Hills, Shoreview, and Little Canada. I-694 turns back to near due east at its western junction with I-35E. It continues east through the communities of Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, and Maplewood. In Pine Springs, I-694 has a cloverleaf interchange with State Highway 36 (MN 36). The I-694–MN 36 interchange makes out a rough corner, in which I-694 switches direction from eastbound to southbound. I-694 continues south through the city of Oakdale, and finally terminates on the clockwise end at the interchange of I-94, I-494, and I-694 at the Oakdale–Woodbury city boundary line. I-694 becomes I-494 after this interchange.
Mileposts on Interstate 694 are numbered to increase while traveling eastbound (clockwise). They are in sequence with the numbering of adjoining I-494, where the numbering begins and ends at the Minnesota River. Between Maple Grove and Brooklyn Center, the mileposts correspond to the beltway numbering, not I-94 mileage.
Legally, the route of I-694 is defined as part of unmarked Legislative Route 393 in the Minnesota Statutes §161.12(5). I-694 is not marked with this legislative number along the actual highway. The entire freeway, as part of the Interstate Highway System, has been included in the National Highway System, a system of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.
The original beltway around the Twin Cities was Minnesota State Highway 100. The portion of I-694 running east from the current Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center through New Brighton and Highway 10 was part of that original beltway. There was a two-lane bridge across the Mississippi river where the current I-694 bridge is today. That bridge was constructed as part of a defense initiative authorized in 1942 at the beginning of World War II.
The construction of I-694 to Interstate standards was authorized in 1956. The first section of I-694 completed was between US 10 at Arden Hills to I-35E at Little Canada in the early 1960s. The last section of I-694 completed was between I-35E at Little Canada to its junction with I-94 and I-494 at Oakdale–Woodbury, completed by the early 1970s.
I-694 was built as the main thoroughfare for the northern suburbs of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. These include the cities of Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Fridley, New Brighton, Arden Hills, Shoreview, Little Canada, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, Maplewood, Pine Springs, and Oakdale.
The original design of I-694 had problems with "weave" interchanges. The Unweave the Weave construction project, completed between 2004 and 2008, disentangled I-694 and I-35E at Little Canada–Vadnais Heights. The project was designed to increase traffic flow, driver safety, and improve the condition of the roadway. Another construction project, the I-35W/US 10/I-694 North Central Corridor Reconstruction Project, also designed to reduce unnecessary traffic crossovers on the highway, began in September 2011. This project eliminated the weaving movements of I-694 at its interchange with U.S. Highway 10 (US 10) and MN 51 in Arden Hills. This interchange often created one of the worst bottlenecks in the Twin Cities because drivers need to change at least one lane to continue either direction on I-694 between MN 51 (Snelling Avenue) and US 10. When the construction project was completed, the roadway of I-694 included three thru-lanes in each direction from I-35W at New Brighton to US 10 at Arden Hills; four thru-lanes in each direction from US 10 in Arden Hills to Rice Street at Shoreview–Little Canada; and five thru-lanes in each direction from Rice Street to the I-694–I-35E interchange, compared with the current two to three lanes throughout the I-694 corridor.
|I-494 south||MNDOT signs this as counterclockwise terminus of I-694; clockwise terminus of I-494|
|27||I-94 west (US 52 north) – St. Cloud||West end of I-94/US 52 overlap; I-94 exit 216|
|28||CSAH 61 (Hemlock Lane)|
|Brooklyn Park||32.979||53.075||29||US 169||Signed as exits 29A (south) and 29B (north)|
|31.454||50.620||31||CSAH 81 (Bottineau Boulevard)|
|Brooklyn Center||33.479||53.879||33||CSAH 152 (Brooklyn Boulevard)|
|34.770||55.957||34||Shingle Creek Parkway||Eastbound exit spilt from I-94 east|
|35B||I-94 east (US 52 south) – Minneapolis||East end of I-94/US 52 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|35A||MN 100 south||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; northern terminus of MN 100|
|35B||I-94 east (US 52 south)||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-94 exit 225|
|Anoka||Fridley||36.219||58.289||36||CSAH 1 (East River Road)|
|36.938||59.446||37||MN 47 (University Avenue)|
|37.712||60.692||38||MN 65 (Central Avenue)|
|Ramsey||New Brighton||39.157||63.017||39||CSAH 44 (Silver Lake Road)|
|39.956||64.303||40||Long Lake Road / 10th Street NW|
|40.762||65.600||41||I-35W||Signed as exits 41A (south) and 41B (north); I-35W exits 27A-B; cloverleaf interchange|
|Arden Hills||41.874||67.390||42B||MN 51 south (Snelling Avenue)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; access via US 10|
|42.333||68.128||42A||US 10 west – Anoka||West end of US 10 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Arden Hills–Shoreview line||42.787||68.859||42C||Lexington Avenue|
|Shoreview||43.586||70.145||43||CSAH 52 (Victoria Street)|
|45||CSAH 49 (Rice Street)|
|Little Canada||46.417||74.701||46||I-35E south / US 10 east – St. Paul||East end of US 10 overlap; west end of I-35E overlap; I-35E exit 113 northbound|
|Vadnais Heights||47.067||75.747||47||I-35E north – Duluth||East end of I-35E overlap; I-35E exits 113-114 southbound|
|White Bear Lake–Maplewood line||48.483||78.026||48||US 61|
|50||White Bear Avenue|
|Mahtomedi||51.312||82.579||51||MN 120 (Century Avenue)|
|Washington||Pine Springs||52.491||84.476||52||MN 36 – North St. Paul, Stillwater||Signed as exits 52A (west) and 52B (east)|
|Oakdale||54.743||88.100||55||CSAH 14 (34th Street North) / Old MN 5|
|57.123||91.931||57||CSAH 10 (10th Street North)|
|58||I-94 (US 12) – St. Paul, Madison||Signed as exits 58A (west) and 58B (east); I-94 exit 249|
|Woodbury||I-494 west||Clockwise terminus of I-694; counterclockwise terminus of I-494|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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- Staff. "Unweave the Weave". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 10, 2007. Retrieved August 1, 2007.
- I-694 Project in Arden Hills. Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 2017