So you are stuck in traffic on either 494 or 169, it may be in the morning or heaven forbid it’s evening rush hour. Without the help of MNDot’s engineers we are faced with either sitting traffic, not only wasting time but gas and mental healthiness. What is a Minnesota driver to do? One thought is to avoid the whole area of 494 and 169, that bottleneck is horrendous.
How can a driver avoid it? Last December winter night while trying to make my way from north 169 to Shakopee I came to a screeching halt just north of Crosstown 62, way before those lights that make it impossible to cross over 494. Decided at the last moment to take Crosstown 62 east to Highway 100 south. It turned out to be a pretty good decision with the south bound Highway 100 traffic moving fairly quickly. Hopped up on 494, still had traffic but was able to ramp up off of 494 and get through most of the backed up traffic.
The second option to avoiding that intersection is from south 169 go Crosstown 62 west to Highway 5 and this runs into Highway 212. Hwy 212 is the best kept secret these days if you live out Chaska or need to go to Cologne this is a quick and less stressful route. I use this once a month going from Highway 169 down the Chaska. Right where 5 and 212 join each other it can get a bit slow but still it moves and is so much quicker than getting stuck in that highway 169 light issue at 494.
The third option that I’ve used is using Highway 100 going north all the way or south depending upon what area you live in. Highway 100 does have a bit of bottleneck up by 394 but not near the situation down on Highway 494.
The fourth thought is to use 35 south then take County Road 110 (Highway 13). This alternate will allow you to avoid the traffic and take you past Fish Lake.
Last but not least is to get out your cell phone as you hop into your car and before even engaging drive check out the traffic situation. Look for an alternate route like Normandale Blouvard to Old Shakopee Road. It only takes a minute to check alternate routes for a less stressful drive home.