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The Minnesota Department of Transportation increased signage along entrance ramps to I-494, such as this one at Tamarack Road, where construction shortened the merging area, leading to an increase in car crashes earlier this summer, a MnDOT official said. Traffic along I-494 in Woodbury is expected to be worse next year when more detours are planned.

I-494 project catches heat; safety concerns raised

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If you have grumbled this summer about road construction along I-494 in Woodbury, just wait.

State transportation officials say traffic will be worse next spring and summer as crews try to complete a roughly $35 million lane-expanding project along the highway in time to coincide with the scheduled July 2010 opening of the eastbound span of the Wakota Bridge.

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