Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 5, 2014

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Hwy 169 restricted to two lanes from St. Peter to LeSueur June – Oct.

Informal public meeting set for June 12 at McDonalds

MANKATO, Minn. – Hwy 169 motorists between St. Peter and Le Sueur will be restricted to two-way on two lanes around June 19 for about four months for reconstruction work that help keep traffic moving during Minnesota River flooding.

An informal public meeting for those impacted by the construction will take place on Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at McDonalds, 120 W. Julien Street, St. Peter.  MnDOT staff and the contractor will provide an update and be available for questions.  Anyone with concerns about the construction can also call the hotline at 855-931-5347.

From June 19 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 .



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