Senator Bev Scalze (DFL-Shoreview) is pleased to announce that I-694 from Rice Street to Lexington Avenue will receive up to $42 million in funding from the newly established Corridors of Commerce program. The money will cover costs to improve the Rice Street I-694 interchange through a dynamic shoulder lane.
“I’m grateful the northern suburbs received this important award to reduce congestion and increase safety along this two mile segment of I-694 that is home to major employers such as Land O’Lakes, Cummins, Deluxe Corporation and PaR Systems,” said Sen. Scalze. “Improving the Rice Street and I-694 interchange has been on the minds of planners since the mid-1990s. Along this two mile segment of I-694 there are over 37,000 jobs; this important investment will help remove transportation barriers to commerce in the northern metro.”
The Corridors of Commerce program was established during the 2013 legislative session. Supported by Sen. Scalze, the program allocated a $300 million “down payment” on highway projects that connect regional centers of commerce, like Highway I-694 between Rice and Lexington.
“Transportation and better transit solutions in the northern suburbs are something I will continue to fight for,” said Scalze. “But, this funding is a great step forward in helping the northern suburban businesses and homeowners.”
For more information, contact Senator Scalze’s office at: 651-296-5537 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.