Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 19, 2013

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Hwy 169 in Blue Earth to open late Nov. 22


Remaining work to continue next spring

MANKATO, Minn. – Hwy 169 through Blue Earth should open to traffic late Friday, November 22, if weather holds.

Hwy 169 in Blue Earth has been detoured since a reconstruction project began on June 18.

Motorists are advised to continue to use caution as lighting, finishing work and clean-up will continue as field conditions and weather allows. They are also encouraged to use the following driving tips in the roundabouts:

  • Prior to the roundabout watch for signing for lane assignments
  • When approaching a roundabout, slow down and get into the appropriate lane
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Yield to traffic in all circular lanes.  Merge when it is safe.
  • Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit.  Do not stop or pass in a roundabout.

For visual information on roundabouts visit www.dot.state.mn.us/roundabouts/  .
The resurfacing work on the north and south ends of Hwy 169 in Blue Earth have been rescheduled until next spring as well as sidewalk and any unfinished items.

Residents should note that no more bi-weekly meetings at the Public Safety Center are scheduled, but Chamber and City officials are working on a celebration of the new roadway set for 4 p.m. on December 5.

MnDOT and the contractor wish to thank the community of Blue Earth for their patience during this project.  With the late start and significant set-backs, the reconstruction of Hwy 169 in Blue Earth proved to be a major undertaking for all parties.

The city, county, state partnership project was awarded to Ulland Brothers Incorporated for $9,486,231.  The work includes resurfacing, four roundabouts, lighting, ADA improvements and utilities and will result in a smoother, safer and more accessible highway.  Find more information at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/169blueearth/

For current statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

 

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