Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area project

Six Mile Lake Road to Bradach Road

Project completed


Hwy 1/169 preferred route 3A. Click for larger PDF version.

Ribbon cutting held June 21

A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the impending completion of the Eagles Nest Project. About 60 people attended the event.

The new section of highway on the west end of the project is expected to open as early as Tuesday, June 26.

Route selection

MnDOT officials selected Alternative 3A route as the preferred alternative for the Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project. The 3A alternative deviates south from the existing alignment on the west half of the project and follows the existing highway corridor on the east half.

The 3A route was selected as the preferred alternative because it most closely met the project purpose and need and balanced social, economic and environmental impacts. The new alignment will reduce shading, which contributed to icy road conditions over the years, and will improve safety with wider shoulders, improved alignments and profiles and increased passing opportunities.

Ground breaking celebrated April 13, 2017

With the toss of some rocky iron range dirt, MnDOT, invited dignitaries and guests celebrated the start of construction on the Hwy 169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Reconstruction Project. The weather was perfect for the event which included speeches and a traditional ground breaking, shown in this photo. From left: MnDOT District 1 Engineer, Duane Hill, MnDOT Project Manager, Michael Kalnbach, MnDOT Chief Geologist, Jason Richter, Hwy 169 Task Force founders, Rudy Semeja, Pete Davis and Bill Erzar.
From left: Hwy 169 Task Force founders, Rudy Semeja, Pete Davis and Bill Erzar, U.S. Representative Rick Nolan, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Ely Mayor Chuck Novak.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Improve 5.7 miles of Hwy 169
  • Complete reconstruction in areas to be realigned, while other areas will be widened and resurfaced

Minimum design criteria

  • Design speed - 55 mph
  • Travel lanes - 12-feet-wide
  • Shoulders - Eight-feet-wide (six-feet paved and two-feet gravel)
  • Reduce the length of shaded areas of roadway
  • Minimize environmental impacts