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Sept. 22, 2021

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Elk River community invited to 169 Redefine open house Oct. 11

Event at City Hall to focus on 2022 impacts, work


ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The City of Elk River will host an informal open house to learn about the 169 Redefine project and meet project staff, including the Minnesota Department of Transportation, at Elk River City Hall, at 13065 Orono Parkway on Monday, Oct. 11.

To streamline inquiries, business owners are welcome anytime between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and residents between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (guests may attend either session). The public may contact the City of Elk River with questions at elkRivermn.gov/169redefine.

The project team will have the final design layouts and visualizations to view and will focus on answering questions about local impacts and work in 2022 for this multi-year freeway project on Highway 169 from Highway 10/101 to 197th Avenue.

In 2022, crews will:

  • Close 197th Avenue across Highway 169 to construct a new partial access interchange, includes adjacent road and sidewalk connections, city utilities and underground infrastructure.
  • Reconfigure access to/from the Highway 10/169/101 interchange and reconstruct the northbound bridge over Highway 10.

Overall, Highway 169 will be reduced to one lane of traffic in both directions through each work area, each year, as crews reconstruct the lanes into a freeway design. Access to/from Highway 169 and adjacent streets will change, and motorists will follow signs to an open access. Pedestrians will have sidewalk closures with detours.

The project team will host a construction open house in spring 2022. To learn more about the 169 Redefine project, contact MnDOT Project Manager Darren Nelson at darren.nelson@state.mn.us or 218-828-5760 or log onto the construction website at mndot.gov/d3/elkriverfreeway.

MnDOT and its partners invite and encourage participation by all. If you need an ASL, a foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, or need it an alternative format, please email your request at ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota).

When complete in fall 2024, the three-mile freeway project will increase capacity, reduce bottlenecks, improve traffic flow, improve freight movement and reduce barriers to local commerce, and improve motorist and pedestrian access and safety.

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