Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 8, 2016

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MnDOT using videos to highlight Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter project

Watch for 3 messages on Facebook, Twitter and web

MANKATO, Minn. – If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then a social media video…can reach 14,000 daily motorists on Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter?  That’s the plan, according to MnDOT staff, which recently developed three one-minute videos that highlight the work necessary for the flood mitigation project, the plan to accomplish it in one year and the required detour to get it done.

You can view “The Work” at www.facebook.com/mndot or all three at www.mndot.gov/fix169flood.

“We want everyone to share these videos with friends, co-workers, employees, customers, you name it,” said Rebecca Arndt, public affairs coordinator.  Closing busy Highway 169 from April to October will impact many travelers from college students and truckers to medical patients and Vikings fans.

This is a first for MnDOT District 7, which has been very conscientious about the impact of this major project.  However, the MnDOT Metro District kicked off similar video for a large project on I-694 (www.mndot.gov/enhance694). 

“The goal of these videos is to get people to plan their route before the detour is on in order to avoid confusion, in order to avoid crashes.  This tool gets important information into busy people’s hands,” explained Project Manager Peter Harff.

A current detour map and expected timeline can also be found at www.mndot.gov/fix169flood .  Interested persons can also sign up for e-mail updates throughout the project.

The project includes raising the grade in four flood-prone areas (Hiniker Mill, 7-mile Creek, Old River Road, and State Hospital) to raise the road above the 100 year flood, six miles of resurfacing for a smoother road and a median barrier to prevent head-on crashes.  The $30 million project received a $9.8 million grant from the EDA (Economic Development Administration).

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

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