Hwy 169/Pokegama Reconstruction

Grand Rapids

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Hwy 169/Pokegama
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This project is completed.


Hwy 169/Pokegama Avenue reconstruction project wins multiple awards


Group photo taken at the awards program. Names of individuals are listed in the photo caption

Front (L to R): Scott Danielson and Dana Marrier, MnDOT; Tom Hammerlund, Sr., Hammerlund Construction; Todd Grugel, MnDOT; Jim Fore, Knife Lake Concrete; Glen Weston, Hawkinson Construction; Bernie Arseneau, MnDOT.
Back (L to R): Steve Ullmann, MnDOT; Brian Anderson and Tad Lofstrom, Hawkinson Construction; Dominic Ellison, Hammerlund Construction; Kevin Rohling, MnDOT.


MnDOT, District 1 has received three awards from the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association for the Hwy 169/Pokegama Avenue reconstruction project.

The project received a Work Zone Safety award in the “Static High Volume” category, an ADA Accessibility award (the first accessibility award ever presented) and an Asphalt Paving award in the “Reconstruction, Low Volume Traffic” category.


According to the Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, projects are judged on teamwork and dedication to improving Minnesota’s infrastructure in a safe, efficient and economical manner.


“This is a project that we can all be proud of,” said Mike Tardy, MnDOT District 1 Program Delivery engineer. “MnDOT had a great team working together on this project including; the city of Grand Rapids, SEH, Inc., local contractors including the prime contractor Hammerlund Construction, Inc., Hawkinson Construction Co. Inc., Itasca Utilities, Keller Fence Company and Deer River Trucking Co., Inc. We want to thank everyone, including the citizens of Grand Rapids and local businesses for their patience and support of this project.”

Hwy 169/Pokegama Avenue

Grand Rapids is one of the best places to visit or live in north central Minnesota. This famous strip has some of the nicest shops, hotels and restaurants in all of Grand Rapids.


photo showing cars at an intersection on Hwy 169/Pokegama Ave.
Hwy 169/Pokegama Avenue


Whether you are planning to stay in Grand Rapids or are just passing through, don’t let minor construction activities keep you from enjoying all that Grand Rapids has to offer.

All businesses will be open during construction and look forward to providing exceptional services to residents, commuters and travelers visiting in this great part of Minnesota. For more information about local businesses and construction promotions please visit the Visit Grand Rapids or Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce website.


Itasca Community Television

ICTV featured updates about the Hwy 169 project throughout the summer of 2012.

What will be done during the two-year project