Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 21, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Expect overnight lane closures on Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter April 1

Detour likely to begin April 18

MANKATO, Minn. —– Motorists on Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter can expect overnight lane closures as early as April 1, if weather cooperates.

The inside lane closures for median removal are a sign the project is progressing and an April 18 start date for the full closure and detour is expected.

Tree removal is largely complete and preliminary earthwork should be wrapped up at the end of March, weather permitting.

The detour, which will be in place a minimum of 150 days, consists of Highway 14, Nicollet County Road 13 and Highway 99.  Motorists are asked to reduce speeds and drive with added caution on the two-lane roadways.  Extra law enforcement will be in place.

A current detour map and expected timeline can also be found at www.mndot.gov/fix169flood as well as videos explaining the project and detour and an opportunity to 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).

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.