Hwy 169 flood mitigation work begins May 27
Expect temporary lane closures from St. Peter to Le Sueur for about two weeks
MANKATO, Minn. – Hwy 169 motorists between St. Peter and Le Sueur can expect temporary lane closures as crews construct crossovers and bypasses beginning May 27 for the reconstruction work that begins in mid-June.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution from St. Peter to the Cambria silo. Watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.
From mid-June to early August, traffic will be restricted to two lanes, two-way in the southbound lanes from St. Peter to Roberts Creek and two-way traffic in northbound from Roberts Creek to north of the Cambria silo. The traffic restrictions will allow reconstruction on the northbound lanes from Union Street to north of Hwy 22/Dodd Street in St. Peter, permanent access to Treaty Site, Hwy 169/93 ramps, and removal of the crossing at Ritt Street.
August to early October all traffic is shifted from southbound to northbound and during the month of October traffic will switch to one lane on each northbound and southbound from St. Peter to Roberts Creek and two-way traffic in northbound from Roberts Creek to north of the Cambria silo. A more detailed project timeline can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/floodmitigation/.
The project includes raising the grade and reconstructing two miles in flood prone areas so that the southbound lanes remain above a 100-year flood and can carry traffic during high water. It also includes resurfacing 9 miles of southbound Hwy 169 for a smoother ride and access revisions in St. Peter for improved safety. The Hwy 169 project is being built in coordination with St. Peter’s project on Old Minnesota Ave.
Hoffman Construction of Black River Falls, Wisconsin is the contractor on the $10,681,882 project.
This is the first of three Minnesota River flood mitigation projects Mn/DOT has planned. In 2015, an additional bridge will be installed on Hwy 22 at the south edge of St. Peter to handle additional water flow during floods. In 2016 a project to raise the flood-prone areas on Hwy 169 between Mankato and St. Peter will also include adding cable median barriers and resurfacing.
For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .