Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project

Six Mile Lake Road to Bradach Road

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Hwy 1/Hwy 169 Eagles Nest Lake Area project

MnDOT officials have announced that it is recommending the 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.

See map showing existing Hwy 1/169 and Route 3A.

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.

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A sign posted on the door at The Ely Community College directs people to sign in for the public hearing.

A sign posted on the door at
the Vermillion Community
College directs people to sign-in
for the public hearing.

Photo: Beth Petrowske

Federal Environmental Assessment and State Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) available for public review

John Hinzmann, MnDOT program delivery engineer, speaks with two property owners who live near the proposed 3A alignment at the January 21 public hearing.
John Hinzmann, MnDOT program delivery engineer (right), speaks with two property owners who live near the
proposed 3A alignment at the January 21 public hearing in Ely.

Photo: Beth Petrowske, MnDOT District 1


The Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project EA/EAW is available for review. The EA/EAW identifies the project purpose and need, alternatives considered, and identifies potential social, economic and environmental effects.

The EA/EAW is on this website and at the following locations:

  • Ely Public Library, 224 East Chapman Street, Ely, Minnesota 55731
  • Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior Street, Duluth MN 55802;
  • MnDOT District 1 – Virginia Office Building Lobby, 101 N. Hoover Road, Virginia, MN 55792
  • Minneapolis Public Library, Technical & Science Division, Government Docs., 2nd Floor, 300
  • Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1992;
  • MnDOT Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155;
A court reporter was on hand to record comments about the project and the draft environmental assessment document at the public hearing. this picture shows the court reporter typing. A man writes his name on a yellow tablet.
A court reporter was on-hand to record comments about the project and the environmental assessment document at the public hearing.
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Photo: Beth Petrowske, MnDOT District 1

A public hearing and informational meeting was held for the Hwy 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project Environmental Assessment on January 21, 2015 at Vermillion Community College. MnDOT representatives were present to answer questions and receive public comments on the preferred alternative and the assessment of environmental impacts in the EA/EAW. Citizens were given an opportunity to publicly share there thoughts and opinions about the project after a presentation at 7 p.m.

The deadline for submitting comments has ended.

To request the EA/EAW document in an alternative format, please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 651-366-4718 or call 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota). For Minnesota Relay, call 711 or 1-800-627-3529. You may also send an e-mail to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. (Please make your request at least one week in advance).

Photo of Hwy 169 near Trygg Road.
Hwy 169 near Trygg Road.
Photo courtesy of Bill Erzar, co-chair of the Hwy 169 Task Force

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

Route alternative cost estimates

  • Middle Route (1)—$17.3 million
  • Existing Route with detours (2)—$18.5 million
  • South Route (3)—$21.6 million
  • Hybrid (2A)—$20.2 million
  • Hybrid (3A)—19.0 million