The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning to rebuild and repair the infrastructure on Highway 169, between Highway 55 and Highway 62, beginning in January 2017. The project will include:

  • Closing the southbound exit and entrance ramps on Highway 169 at 16th Street and installing a visual barrier
  • Improving the safety of entrance and exit ramps at Cedar Lake Road by lengthening the ramps
  • Replacing the bridge over Nine Mile Creek, located between Bren Road and 7th Street (also known as 5th Street-Lincoln Drive)
  • Repairing pavement between Highway 55 and Highway 62
  • Repairing noise walls, replacing the concrete barrier and improving pedestrian accessibility at intersections throughout the corridor

Traffic Impacts

Starting Jan. 23, both directions of Highway 169 between Bren Road and 7th Street (5th Street-Lincoln Drive) will be closed for the duration of the project to allow for the removal and replacement of the bridge. Motorists will be directed to Highway 62 to Highway 100 for northbound trips and I-394 to I-494 for southbound trips.

From spring to fall of 2017, Highway 169 will be reduced to one lane in each direction with non-concurrent ramp closures from Highway 55 to Highway 62 due to road/ramp resurfacing and interchange improvements. Additionally, southbound Highway 169 ramps to and from 16th Street will close permanently in summer 2017.

Informational Video

Check out MnDOT’s project video describing the improvements and the general construction schedule.

Stay Informed

Visit the MnDOT Highway 169 project page to find more information about the project and to subscribe to receive regular email updates. You may also receive alerts by following MnDOT on Twitter and Facebook.

All lanes are scheduled to be opened to traffic in late September 2017, weather permitting.