Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 25, 2016

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Lane closures on Hwy 169 near Mille Lacs Lake begin May 2

BAXTER, Minn. — Motorists on Highway 169 between Onamia and Vineland may encounter delays when lanes and shoulders are closed during non-rush hours Monday, May 2 through mid-July.

Motorists should expect the following:

  • The two-lane segments of Highway 169 will be reduced to a single lane overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the overnight work zones. Motorists approaching the work zones must slow down, be prepared to stop, then follow the pilot car through the work zone. Motorists entering the work zones from intersecting roads or driveways must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the work zone.

  • The week of May 9, two miles of Highway 169 between Shakopee Lake Road and the north junction of Highway 169/Twilight Road will be closed overnight, for up to three nights. A signed, two-mile detour will direct motorist along Twilight Road.

  • Shoulders and lanes along the four-lane segments of Highway 169 will close as needed. Lane closures will increase in frequency when paving begins later in May.

The closures are needed while crews resurface the road, replace underground pipes and guardrail, extend turn lanes within the four-lane segment of Highway 169, upgrade the signal system at Casino Drive and make other improvements along the roadway.

When complete, the project will result in a smoother ride and improve safety, drainage and accessibility along 14 miles of Highway 169.

For more information on Highway 169 projects between Milaca and Lake Mille Lacs, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/2016/h169/

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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