Highway 169 project: Changing lanes on the weekend

by Jim Boyle


This was the scene at the intersection of School Street and Highway 169 this past weekend. This weekend a similar scene will play out at Main Street and Highway 169 as road work is completed.

Southbound Highway 169 was  reduced to a single  lane at School Street in Elk River this past weekend, and the exercise is being repeated again this weekend and next at different intersections along the highway.

This weekend’s work at the Main Street intersection was to begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. Work crews under the direction of general contractor Knife River will be removing a lane and pouring a new roadway in the affected area. The roadway is expected to reopen by 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

J.P. Gillach, a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), continues to remind people that part of the lane closure allows the concrete to cure.

The same work schedule will be used at the intersection of Jackson/193rd avenues and Highway 169 in Elk River next weekend. Last week’s work was done at the intersection of School Street and Highway 169.

The work is part of a larger project to resurface and repair Highway 169 between Elk River and Zimmerman, and improve pedestrian crossings to meet modern accessibility standards.

You can check out the project’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/hwy169er-zim/index.html.

To receive e-mail updates for the project, including advance notice of lane closures, visit www.mndot.gov and click the e-mail updates icon on the right-hand side of the page.

There also is a project web page at www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/hwy169er-zim/

The work on Highway 169 is all part of a project that will resurface and repair both directions of the highway between Highway 10 in Elk River and County Road 4 in Zimmerman.

When complete this fall, the $8.7 million project will result in a smoother ride, improved drainage and reduced short-term maintenance costs along 10 miles of busy roadway, according to MnDOT.

It also will include improved pedestrian accommodations to meet modern accessibility standards at four intersections in Elk River.