Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 22, 2014

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Hwy 169 reconstruction in Blue Earth resumes May 5 with detour

Due to inclement weather the detour and work on has been delayed until May 5


MANKATO, Minn. (updated April 28) – Hwy 169 motorists in the Blue Earth area will need to pay close attention to signing as the detour from last construction will be replaced for finishing work in the city beginning in late April and the resurfacing work to the north of Blue Earth restricts lanes beginning May 5.

The full detour consists of Faribault County Roads 44, 11, 16 and city streets East 7th Street, South Rice Street and East 14th Street.  Signing will be placed at 7th Street for local business access to the south.

Motorists are advised of lane closures and brief delays on Hwy 169 north of Blue Earth beginning May 5 as crews work put a new surface on the Hwy.

The resurfacing work, which begins at I-90 and extends to Faribault County Road 6, will result in lane restrictions and flagging operations at times.  Motorists will need to drive with caution through the work zone and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.

Ulland Brothers, Inc. of Albert Lea is the contractor on the $850,000 project.  Ulland Brothers is also the contractor for the reconstruction of Hwy 169 in the city of Blue Earth.  Finishing work including curb, gutters, sidewalks, surfacing, turf work and permanent striping requires a detour to complete the project safely and quickly.

The resurfacing work north of Blue Earth was initially scheduled to take place last fall, however, MnDOT officials determined it would be more beneficial to have the contractor focus their resources on getting Hwy 169 open to traffic before snow and ice season.

All work on Hwy 169 in the Blue Earth area should be complete by mid-June and motorists will experience a smoother, safer and more efficient drive. The work is part of MnDOT’s ongoing efforts to preserve Minnesota’s road system, which are the state’s largest physical asset. 

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