Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 169—Elk River

Future freeway

Future freeway

Redefine 169

Redesign and reconstruct three miles of Highway 169 to a new freeway system through Elk River from Hwy 101/Hwy 10 to 197th Ave, Sherburne County. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023. Sign-up for project email updates.

Project Update

August 2019 - MnDOT is getting closer to a preliminary layout for the future freeway project in Elk River, hopefully late-September. A construction management contractor and final design team will be hired in January 2020 to work together to determine the best, most cost-effective plans for the construction project.

In fall 2019, MnDOT along with Sherburne County and the city of Elk River, will schedule a public informational open house. Stay tuned. More information to come.

Watch for work crews along Hwy 169

MnDOT is gathering data along Hwy 169 for the future 2023-2024 construction project. Crews will survey locations, gather traffic and pedestrian counts, monitor noise levels, obtain soil and water samples, inspect below ground infrastructure and more. The work may require temporary lane or shoulder closures. Watch for road signs, workers and equipment in the area. This work will continue through August.

About this project

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

Summary of work

Convert to a freeway

  • Reconstruct all lanes and city street connections
  • Eliminate signals and construct new interchanges with full or partial access ramps, and bridges that span Hwy 169 at:
    • Main St
    • School St/Elk Hills Dr
    • Jackson Ave/193th Ave
    • 197th Ave

Final interchange design to be determined. Examples: Cloverleaf, Partial Cloverleaf, Diverging Diamond, ect.

  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve mobility at the Hwy 169/Hwy 101/Hwy 10 interchange by removing signals and two median crossovers, and adding new turn-arounds east and west of the interchange on Hwy 10
  • Make other improvements as warranted

Replace bridge
MnDOT will also accelerate a project to replace the northbound Hwy 169/Hwy 101 bridge over Hwy 10. The estimated $3 million project will be advanced from 2025 to minimize travel disruption.

All information is tentative and subject to change.