Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 28, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Vikings fans: Detour on Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter adds only 5 minutes

Highway 22 traffic counts high and heavy with trucks

MANKATO, Minn. – Visitors to  the Minnesota Vikings Camp in Mankato are encouraged to use the detour for Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter as the alternate route of Highway 22 is at capacity for a two-lane roadway and has a high volume of trucks.

The detour uses Highway 14, Nicollet County Road 13 and Highway 99 and only adds five minutes. 

MnDOT officials are well aware that many motorists will try to use Highway 22.  However, traffic on Highway 22 is already at capacity with more than 18,000 vehicles each day, very heavy truck traffic and many local access roads with high traffic. 

With the detoured traffic, County Road 13 currently carries 6000 vehicles each day and has access restrictions at Nicollet County Road 6 and a temporary signal at Howard Drive to improve the flow of traffic for the detour route.   

If motorists are planning a trip between the Twin Cities and Mankato they may also want to consider Highway 14 or 60 to the east and Interstate 35.  With increased speed limits on four lanes instead of two, the added travel time, if any, is just minutes.

A current detour map can be found at www.mndot.gov/fix169flood as well as videos explaining the project and detour and an opportunity to 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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