Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 15, 2018

Bridge repair closes northbound Highway 169 at Hwy 14 Oct. 18-19

Motorists should expect daytime closures; use alternate routes

MANKATO, Minn. – The northbound lanes of Highway 169 at the interchange with Highway 14 in Mankato need to be closed during the daytime on Thursday and Friday, October 18-19 for MnDOT crews to repair the bridge beam damaged by an excavator on August 29.

The daytime closure is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. and re-open around 5 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes such as Highway 22 or 3rd Avenue.

The Highway 169 northbound ramp to eastbound Highway 14 will remain open as well as Highway 14 westbound to northbound Highway 169.  Law enforcement will be assisting traffic at the 3rd Avenue ramps for those who want to circle back from that interchange.

MnDOT is aware that traveling in the area of the Highway 14 and Highway 169 is already challenging due to levee construction and considered other options, but determined closing the northbound lanes was the safest for both the motorists and the workers.

The bridge repair needs to take place this fall to protect the beam from salt used for snow and ice control.  The bridge is structurally sound, but crews need to fill the crack with epoxy to protect the beam from corrosion. 

MnDOT reminds everyone to secure their loads and check heights.  Anyone carrying a load over 13 ½ feet needs a special permit.  Information available at www.mndot.gov/cvo/oversize/OSOWBrochure-Colorv.pdf .

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org