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Interstate 494 is a spur route of Interstate 94 circling through the southern and western portions of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota. The 43-mile (69 km) road is coupled with Interstate 694 (which goes to the north) at each end, and composes more than half of the major beltway of the region. This is apparently the only interstate highway loop in the United States that has separately-numbered sections (the Twin Cities region is also unusual for having an east/west-split in Interstate 35). I-494 and I-694 also act as loop routes for Interstate 35E and Interstate 35W. Jump to: navigation, search Image File history File links Interstate-494. ... A spur route in the United States Interstate highway system refers to a branch off of a primary interstate that connects with a destination away from the primary interstate. ... I-94 redirects here. ... The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. ... A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large city and its adjacent zone of influence, or of several neighboring cities or towns and adjoining areas, with one or more large cities serving as its hub or hubs. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: North Star State Other U.S. States Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) Senators Mark Dayton (D) Norm Coleman (R) Official languages None Area 225,365 km² (12th)  - Land 206,375 km²  - Water 18,990 km² (8. ... A mile is any of several units of distance, or, in physics terminology, of length. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... Interstate 94 is a long interstate highway connecting the Great Lakes and Intermountain region of the United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search A beltway (American English), ring road or orbital motorway (British English) is a circumferential highway found around or within many cities. ... Jump to: navigation, search A typical rural stretch of Interstate Highway, with two lanes in each direction separated by a large grassy median, and with cross-traffic limited to overpasses and underpasses. ... MAJOR JUNCTIONS JUNCTION MILEPOST Mexican Border Texas 0 I-10 Texas 158 I-20 Texas 418 (I-35E) I-30 Texas 427-428 (I-35E) I-40 Oklahoma 126-128 I-44 Oklahoma 133-138 I-70 Missouri 3 I-80 Iowa 72-87 I-90 Minnesota 13 I-94... Interstate 35E is the name used for the eastern half of Interstate 35 in two segments where the highway splits to serve different cities. ... Interstate 35W is the name of the western half of Interstate 35, which is used in two regions along its length. ...


The highway has a few intersections with other interstates:

Exit numbering is unusual in that it begins at the Minnesota River heading westbound (between Bloomington and Mendota Heights), and continues clockwise around the entire beltway. The last exit is #71 to Pilot Knob Road. The most significant landmark on the length of I-494 is the Mall of America, just south of the intersection of I-494 and Minnesota State Highway 77. Woodbury is a city located in Washington County, Minnesota and is considered a suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. ... Oakdale is a city located in Washington County, Minnesota. ... Interstate 35E is the name used for the eastern half of Interstate 35 in two segments where the highway splits to serve different cities. ... Mendota Heights is a city located in Dakota County, Minnesota. ... Interstate 35W is the name of the western half of Interstate 35, which is used in two regions along its length. ... Bloomington is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota, a suburb south of Minneapolis. ... Interstate 394 (I-394) is an east-west interstate highway spur route in Hennepin County in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... Minnetonka is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... Maple Grove is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... The Minnesota River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 332 miles (534 km) long, in the state of Minnesota in the United States. ... Clockwise can refer to: Clockwise and counterclockwise Clockwise (movie) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Above one of the Mall of Americas main entrances The Mall of America (also MOA or MoA) is a shopping mall located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. ... Minnesota State Highway 77 is a Limited Access Highway that connects Apple Valley, Minnesota to Minneapolis, Minnesota. ...


For the most part, the speed limit is 60 miles per hour (96.6 km/h). Interstate highways outside of the loop in Minnesota may be signed as high as 70 mph (112.7 km/h). Within the loop, most highways are signed at speeds of 55 mph or lower, though a few exceptions were added in September 2005, allowing speeds of up to 60 mph in some places. Those roads had been signed at 60 mph or higher up until the gasoline crises of the 1970s. A speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for vehicles on a road. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ongoing events • Abramoff-Reed gambling scandal • Atlantic hurricane season • Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreak • Bali bombings investigation • California wildfires • UK Conservative Party leadership election • DeLay political financing scandal • Dengue outbreak in Singapore • Fuel prices / Peak oil • Harriet Miers nomination and hearings • Hurricane Wilma • Irans nuclear program... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...


Construction on the road first began in the late 1950s, and it was finally completed by about 1985. Upgrades continue to be made to widen the road to at least three lanes in each direction, including construction of the Wakota Bridge (named because it connects Washington County and Dakota County) over the Mississippi River. Also a major reconstruction/widening project is underway between Minnesota State Highway 5 West/U.S. Highway 212 East (Exits 11B and C) and Carlson Parkway (Exit 20). Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the... Jump to: navigation, search 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Washington County is the name of 31 counties in the United States of America, all named for George Washington. ... Dakota County is the name of at least two counties in two separate states: Dakota County in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area of east-central Minnesota Dakota County in northeastern Nebraska This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge Saint Louis¹: 5,500 m³/s Vicksburg²: 16,800 m³/s Baton Rouge³: 12,800 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin  Lake Itasca Mouth  Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ... Minnesota State Highway 5 is a highway in Minnesota. ... U.S. Highway 212 is a spur of U.S. Highway 12. ...


References

  • Adam Froehlig (November 22, 2003). Interstate Highway 494. Minnesota State Highway Endings. Accessed May 17, 2005.
  • Steve Riner (December 27, 2004). Details of Routes 288-694. Accessed May 17, 2005.
  • Interstate 494 Minnesota. Interstate-Guide.com. Accessed May 17, 2005.
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Three-digit Interstates from Interstate 94
I-194 North Dakota - Michigan
I-294 Illinois
I-394 Minnesota
I-494 Minnesota
I-694 Minnesota
I-794 Wisconsin
I-894 Wisconsin

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Interstate 494 Minnesota @ Interstate-Guide.com (900 words)
Interstates 494 and 694 share the long Minneapolis-St. Paul beltway system: Interstate 494 is the southern half and Interstate 694 is the northern half.
Overhead signage on Interstate 494 Westbound for the transition to Interstate 694.
The Interstate 94 and Interstate 494 interchange is visible beyond the overpass.
Interstate 494 at AllExperts (414 words)
Interstate 494 (abbreviated I-494 or simply 494) is part of a beltway of Interstate 94, circling through the southern and western portions of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area in Minnesota.
The 43-mile (69 km) road is coupled with Interstate 694 (which goes to the north) at each end, and composes more than half of the major beltway of the region.
Interstate highways outside of the loop in Minnesota may be signed as high as 70 mph (110 km/h).
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