Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Oct. 8, 2019

Open house set for future Elk River ‘169 Redefine’ freeway project Oct. 29

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The public is invited to attend a ‘169 Redefine’ open house to provide insight on the initial design concept for the future Highway 169 freeway project in Elk River on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

MnDOT will reconstruct three miles of Highway 169 from the Highway 101/Highway 169/Highway 10 interchange to north of 197th Avenue into a new freeway system in Elk River that will:

  • Reconstruct all four-lanes of Highway 169 and adjacent road connections
  • Construct four new Highway 169 interchanges with bridges at Main Street, School Street/Elk Hills Drive, Jackson Avenue/193rd Avenue and 197th Avenue
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve access at the Highway 169/Highway 101/Highway 10 interchange
  • Replace the northbound Highway 169/Highway 101 bridge over Highway 10

The open house is informal and guests can arrive anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Upper Town conference room at the Elk River City Hall, 13065 Orono Parkway. Preliminary layouts will be on display that will show proposed interchange designs to be used. Project staff values any public input given on the project and will be available to answer questions.

The ‘169 Redefine’ project is in partnership with MnDOT, the City of Elk River and Sherburne County. In early 2020, a construction management contractor and final design team will be hired to work together to determine the best, most cost-effective plans for executing the three-year construction project that will begin by fall 2022.

When complete in 2024, the estimated $157 million Corridors of Commerce funded project will increase capacity, reduce bottlenecks, improve overall traffic flow, improve freight movement and reduce barriers to local commerce, and improve motorist and pedestrian accessibility and safety.

For more information on this future Highway 169 freeway project contact MnDOT Project Manager Darren Nelson, at darren.nelson@state.mn.us or 218-828-5760.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

For more information on the ‘169 Redefine’ freeway project or to sign-up for future MnDOT project email updates, log onto mndot.gov/d3/elkriverfreeway.

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