Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

January 21, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT sets Feb. 9 public meeting for Highway 169 Mankato – St. Peter

Construction begins soon; impacted residents and businesses encouraged to attend.

ANKATO, Minn. – The massive project to raise portions of Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter may begin with a detour as early as April and officials from the Minnesota Department of Transportation are encouraging impacted residents and businesses to attend an open house at the Happy Chef on Highway 169 in North Mankato between 4 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Staff at the open house will include project designers, traffic engineers and construction staff to work with the public one-on-one to address their concerns.  Information available includes the new highway design and features, detour information and local access information.

MnDOT is aware that closing busy Highway 169 from April to October will impact many motorists, but the narrow terrain between the bluff and the Minnesota River makes it difficult to rebuild the road under traffic in one season and carrying two-way traffic comes with other safety issues.

A current detour map and expected timeline can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/floodmitigation/.  Interested persons can also sign up for e-mail updates throughout the project.

The project includes raising the grade in four flood-prone areas (Hiniker Mill, 7-mile Creek, Old River Road, and State Hospital) to raise the road above the 100 year flood, six miles of resurfacing for a smoother road and a median barrier to prevent head-on crashes.  The $30 million project received a $9.8 million grant from the EDA (Economic Development Administration).

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call 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 e-mail to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.