Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 14, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 169 restricted from St. Peter to LeSueur to two lanes begins July 17

Lane restrictions initially scheduled for June were delayed due to flooding

MANKATO, Minn. – Hwy 169 motorists between St. Peter and Le Sueur will be restricted to two-way on two lanes beginning July 17 for several months for reconstruction work that help keep traffic moving during Minnesota River flooding.

From July 17 to late 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 St. in St. Peter, permanent access to Treaty Site, Hwy 169/93 ramps, and removal of the crossing at Ritt St.

Ironically, the flood mitigation experienced a significant delay due to the recent flooding in the Minnesota River Valley.  The project is about four weeks behind, but MnDOT and the contractor will work to get the project complete this construction season. Anyone with concerns about the construction can call the hotline at 855-931-5347.

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. More information can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/floodmitigation/.

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