Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 3, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Watch for workers on Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter

Tree cutting/excavation for construction project to require daytime lane closures

MANKATO, Minn. – Highway 169 motorists between Mankato and St. Peter can expect to see workers removing trees on the side of the roadway as soon as Feb. 10 that will result in shoulder and lane restrictions during daylight hours.

The tree removal is preliminary work for the construction on Highway 169 from Mankato to St. Peter that will result in a detour in April.  The majority of the tree removals are on the west side (bluff) of the highway, but there are a few locations on the river side. The trees need to be cleared that will impact construction operations and/or leaning trees that pose a hazard to the traveling public.

Other work that will take place this winter under lane restrictions includes muck excavation and hauling in fill materials in the area of Old River Bluff Road.  Motorists are also advised to be aware of additional trucks leaving and exiting the work areas on north and southbound lanes.

The public is reminded to attend an open house on the project to raise portions of Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter out of the flood-prone areas 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.

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.