Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

August 16, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter partial opening in late August

Detour to be removed; Highway 22 traffic alterations remain

MANKATO, Minn. – Weather permitting, the detour for Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter could be removed by Aug. 27.  When re-opened Highway 169 will carry one lane of traffic each way with a 55 mph speed limit and further reduced speeds where work is taking place.

Motorists are advised to use caution as the inside lanes will be closed for construction of the concrete intersection crossings, concrete median, left turn lanes, high tension guardrail and raised concrete barrier.  Workers will be present and construction vehicles will be entering and exiting the open lanes. MnDOT has retained extra law enforcement and advises motorists to refrain from gawking to keep traffic moving safely.

Traffic control on Highway 22 will remain as is until traffic normalizes. 

Traffic control on the detour (Hwy 99, CR 13) will have the temporary signals deactivated and previous conditions restored:

  • Nicollet County Road 13 (Lookout Drive).Howard Drive intersection –  returned to four-way stop
  • Highway 99/CR 333 (Shepard Road) intersection – returned to two-way stop

Not all Highway 169 intersections open in late August. Only the following are targeted to open:

  • Hiniker Saw Mill
  • Old River Bluff Road (south end)
  • 492nd Street
  • 381st Street
  • 367th Avenue
  • Freeman Drive
  • Washington Avenue

7 Mile County Park remains closed until the completion of the flood mitigation project, which is anticipated in mid-October.

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).

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