Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Updated July 19, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 169 single lane traffic north of Milaca continues through early October

Wide loads will be restricted and should seek alternate routes

BAXTER, Minn. – The northbound lanes of Highway 169 north of Milaca between County Road 11 and the Rum River Rest Area will continue to be closed and traffic will switched onto narrow, temporary lanes with a reduced speed limit through early October.

Due to rainy weather conditions and more unsuitable soil materials than anticipated, the project to reconstruct seven miles of northbound Highway 169 has been extended through early October.

The lane closures and speed limit reduction which began April 22, will also continue through early October.

Farmers, freight haulers and heavy equipment operators should be aware that a 10-foot width restriction will be in place on the temporary lanes, and that implements, vehicles or loads wider than 10 feet are likely to cause damage to adjacent infrastructure. Operators or motorists who damage infrastructure or equipment within state rights of way may be held responsible for the damage under state law.

Motorists approaching the Highway 169 work zones should slow down, be prepared to stop, obey the reduced speed limits, and watch for flaggers, crews and heavy equipment.

When complete in early October, the project will result in a smoother ride; improved safety with wider driving lanes, wider shoulders and longer turn lanes; and improved drainage.

To learn more about this project, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/2016/h169/

To learn more about MnDOT and transportation funding, visit Get Connected at www.mndot.gov/getconnected.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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