Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 169 Garrison

Crow Wing County

Restore northbound bridge

Project location map -
Single lane closures until early-June.

About this project

Restore the historic northbound Hwy 169 bridge over a creek along Mille Lacs Lake, between Hwy 18 and the Garrison Public Water Access in Garrison.

Lane closures resume April 29

  • Lane closures/lane shifts between Crow Wing CR 26 and Hwy 18 in Garrison, follow signs
  • OPEN Garrison Public Water Access at Pike Point
  • For current road conditions, check 511mn.org


May-June 2019 - Crews will install a concrete bridge deck, resurface the road, remove temporary crossovers, establish turf along the roadway and install permanent road markings.

Project update

Crews to complete bridge deck in May

Project location map -
Update April 17, 2019 - The stone masonry restoration on the bridge is complete. Fabrication of replacement steel for reinforcing the bridge arch (photo above) caused delays, and the concrete bridge deck was unable to be done in 2018. A temporary road surface was used over winter. The bridge will close and work will resume April 29, 2019. The final concrete bridge deck and remaining work to be completed by mid-June. Learn more about this historical roadside project.

Other historic restores on Hwy 169

In 2019, MnDOT will also restore the historic Hwy 169 bridge over White Fish Creek north of Vineland in Mille Lacs County, and the Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area between Aitkin and Garrison in Aitkin County. Learn more about historical roadside projects on Minnesota highways.


The Garrison Pedestrian Underpass (Bridge 5265) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938. The pedestrian path beneath the bridge is now underwater. Learn more about historical roadside projects on Minnesota highways.