Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 23, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter partial opening Thursday, Aug. 25

Lanes restricted, speeds reduced, caution advised

MANKATO, Minn. – The detour for Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter will be removed around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25.  Highway 169 will carry one lane of traffic each way in the outside lanes with a 55 mph speed limit.

Motorists must use caution as the inside lanes will be closed with workers present and construction vehicles entering and exiting the open lanes. MnDOT has retained extra law enforcement and advises motorists to refrain from gawking to keep traffic moving safely.

Work remaining includes construction of the concrete intersection crossings, concrete median, left turn lanes, high tension guardrail and raised concrete barrier. 

Only the following Highway 169 intersections will open at this time:

  • Hiniker Saw Mill
  • Old River Bluff Road (south end)
  • 492nd Street
  • 381st Street
  • 367th Avenue
  • Freeman Drive
  • Washington Avenue

7 Mile County Park remains closed until the completion of the flood mitigation project in mid-October.

Traffic control on the detour (Hwy 99, CR 13) will have the temporary signals deactivated and previous conditions restored:

  • Nicollet County Road 13 (Lookout Drive) Howard Drive intersection –  returned to four-way stop
  • Westbound Highway 99/CR 13 (left turn lane removed)
  • Highway 99/CR 333 (Shepard Road) intersection – returned to two-way stop

Traffic control on Highway 22 will remain as is until traffic returns to normal.

Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye is the contractor for the project includes raising the grade in four flood-prone areas (Hiniker Mill, 7-mile Creek, Old River Bluff 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 U.S. EDA (Economic Development Administration).

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