Improvements Coming To 394 And Washington Ave in 2023
A long overdue fix is coming next year to the intersection where Interstate 394 ends at Washington Avenue in the North Loop.
Right now, because of a raised section supporting a traffic signal there, drivers turning left or going straight have to share one lane while those turning right will often fly around the corner, endangering pedestrians and cyclists.
A new rendering from MnDOT (below) shows that divider removed with a new left turn lane created. At the same time, the sharp right-turning lane will be eliminated, so those turning right will be in the same lane as those going straight onto 3rd Avenue North.
“This is a great example of the state, city and county working together to come up with a solution,” said city council member Michael Rainville, who advocated for the changes at the city level. MnDOT controls what happens along 394, 3rd Avenue North is a city street and Washington Avenue is a county road, so coordination among the three jurisdictions was key for this intersection.
Work on the $1 million project is scheduled to begin in May of 2023 with completion around October.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer