The Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 1, will receive a merit award at the 2017 annual Grading and Base Forum, for work on Highway 1. The award-winning work is part of the Eagles Nest Lake Area project to reconstruct Highway 1/169.
Highway 1 was nominated for the grading award due to the projects complexity, size and uniqueness.
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
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)