Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 169—Elk River

Future freeway

169 Redefine

Future freeway

Redesign and reconstruct three miles of Highway 169 to a new freeway system through Elk River from Hwy 101/Hwy 10 to 197th Avenue, Sherburne County. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2022. Sign-up for project email updates.

Open house date set for Oct. 29

The community of Elk River is invited to join us between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Elk River City Hall for a project open house. Learn more

About this project

Project location map -
Future Hwy 169 freeway in Elk River. Click map for larger PDF version

Summary of work

Convert to a freeway

  • Reconstruct all lanes and city street connections
  • Eliminate signals and construct new interchanges with full or partial access ramps, and bridges that span Hwy 169 at:
    • Main St
    • School St/Elk Hills Dr
    • Jackson Ave/193th Ave
    • 197th Ave

Final interchange design to be determined. Examples: Cloverleaf, Partial Cloverleaf, Diverging Diamond, ect.

  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve mobility at the Hwy 169/Hwy 101/Hwy 10 interchange by removing signals and two median crossovers, and adding new turn-arounds east and west of the interchange on Hwy 10
  • Make other improvements as warranted

Replace bridge
MnDOT will also accelerate a project to replace the northbound Hwy 169/Hwy 101 bridge over Hwy 10. The estimated $3 million project will be advanced from 2025 to minimize travel disruption.

All information is tentative and subject to change.