MnDOT Safety Update: May 25, 2022
While we are aware motorists are still adjusting to navigating through the 169 Redefine work zone, safety has become a top concern for construction workers on the job. People are speeding by and not seeing or obeying traffic control signs, as reported by the contractor and MnDOT, and crews are concerned they will get seriously hurt or killed. Please slow down for their safety and yours.
The public is reminded to please practice patience when traveling through the area, pay extra attention to the road in front of you, watch for construction signs and lane shifts. Remember these traffic changes are new to everyone. The Hwy 169 work zone is being monitored by extra law enforcement and fines are $300.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we want to ensure motorists get where they need to go, and construction crews get home to their families each day.
Late April Through November 2022
Overall, Hwy 169 will be reduced to one lane in both directions through each work area, each year. Access to/from Hwy 169 and adjacent streets will change and motorists will follow road signs to the next open access. Pedestrians will have sidewalk closures with detours.
Local access to 197th Avenue at Hwy 169 will be closed as they construct the bridge starting in early May. 193rd Avenue can be utilized for alternate access. The Hwy 169 signals will be operational at Main Street, School Street and 193rd Avenue.
Be prepared for delays, back-ups.
This visualization clip is a work in progress and does not represent all final design details but a three-dimensional drive through when complete in 2024.
Video courtesy: MnDOT
Commonly Asked Questions
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will convert Highway 169 to a freeway, removing all five stop lights from the Mississippi River north through Elk River.
The Highway 169 corridor is an important north-south arterial route in central Minnesota. This route connects Minnesota’s central lakes region and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area with the growing trade centers of Elk River, Zimmerman, and Princeton. The highway plays an important role serving commuters and recreational users, and connecting economic centers in the state.
The signalized intersections along this stretch of Highway 169 are over capacity, resulting in significant delays and safety issues on Highway 169 and all adjacent streets. This project was selected through the State of Minnesota's Corridors of Commerce grant program.
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Elk River Public Works Director/Chief Engineer, Justin Femrite walks residents through the anticipated changes planned for each impacted interchange as part of MnDOT’s 169 Redefine project in the following short videos:
Residents can expect changes to their daily routes across town during construction. This will change with the project as phases are completed.
Those who travel through Elk River can expect reduced speeds and lane shifts throughout the project. The full impacts on travel time through Elk River and access to local businesses during the course of construction will be determined as we advance through preliminary and final design.
Traffic patterns on the local street networks will change, thus impacting how you access businesses along the Highway 169 corridor. Access modifications and accommodations will be made to assure the businesses can remain open during the project.
Expect more information on 169 Redefine business impacts and plans to address those items as part of the Together Elk River campaign. Until then, check out: How to Thrive During Road Construction - Guide for Businesses.