Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 169 Redefine—Elk River

Future freeway

169 Redefine

Elk River freeway

Redesign and reconstruct three miles of Highway 169 to a new freeway system through Elk River between Highway 101/10 and 197th Avenue, Sherburne County. Construction begins in 2022. View April 29, 2020 preliminary layout on the documents page.


May 2020 - Crews work along Hwy 169 to bore soil samples for future freeway project. Motorists may encounter shoulder closures or see crews and equipment along the road. Sign-up for project email updates.

Project location map -
Future Hwy 169 freeway in Elk River. Click map for PDF version

Summary of work

Convert to a freeway

  • Reconstruct all four-lanes of Hwy 169 and adjacent road connections
  • Construct four new interchanges:
    • Hwy 169 bridge over Main St.
    • School St./Elk Hills Dr. bridge over Hwy 169
    • Hwy 169 bridge over 193rd Ave.
    • 197th Ave. over Hwy 169
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve access at the Hwy 169/101/10 interchange
  • Replace the northbound Hwy 169/101 bridge over Hwy 10

Looking ahead

The ‘169 Redefine’ project is in partnership with MnDOT, the City of Elk River and Sherburne County. In spring 2020, a construction management contractor and final design team will be hired to work together to determine the best, most cost-effective plans for executing the three-year construction project that will begin by fall 2022.

For more project resources and to view the preliminary layout, visit the documents page.

All information is subject to change.