MANKATO, Minn. – Construction of the new Highway 169 bridge that will carry southbound traffic across the Minnesota River near LeSueur will begin in early March, weather permitting. The bridge that carries northbound traffic was completed last fall.
Traffic control is expected to be put in place as early as the week of March 3. Traffic on Highway 169 will be reduced to two lanes. The project will also restrict traffic at the Highway 169/112 interchange. Motorists will not be able to access Highway 169 southbound from Highway 112 once the temporary barriers are in place and the old bridge is removed. Motorists will need to reduce their speed to 55 mph and drive with caution.
Work this spring will begin with the removal of the old bridge that carries southbound traffic.
The new bridges will be wider with safety improvements. The project also includes a safety improvement at the north intersection of Highway 169 and Highway 93.
C.S. McCrossan of Maple Grove was awarded the project with a bid of $17,930,588.
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