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May 22, 2024

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Roadwork begins May 28 on Hwy 169 Southbound of Garrison

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists can expect periodic lane closures and short-term delays as roadwork begins on Hwy 169 along west Mille Lacs Lake, south of Garrison, on Tuesday, May 28, reports the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Project Map Hwy 169

The $4.6 million project will resurface and improve seven miles of Hwy 169 from Crow Wing Co. Rd. 26 to a half-mile north of Ojibwe Drive. Work includes new left turn lanes at Co. Rd. 25 (Timber Trail Road) and Swing-A-Way/South Port and guardrail upgrades. In early May, crews replaced three culverts beneath the road. 

Here’s what to expect May 28 to mid-July:

  • Weekdays: Short segments of alternate one lane, one-way traffic with flaggers, Monday–noon Friday, during daylight hours.
    • Summer recreational travel is upon us in central Minnesota. Those who travel through the work area should plan ahead and be prepared for delays, especially at peak travel times.
  • Weekends/holidays: All lanes open.

In mid-June, motorists will encounter nighttime work and lane closures for two weeks. More details to be released once scheduled.

When complete in mid-July, travelers will benefit from a smoother road surface; improved safety, access and traffic flow; and updated drainage.

Work zone safety reminders:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone.
  • Stay alert; watch for workers and slow-moving equipment.
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

Learn more about this Hwy 169 project, contact the project team and sign-up for email updates at project website hwy 169.

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