Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project

Traffic impacts

Through-traffic of Hwy 4 will be detoured during most of the 2016 construction season. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

Summary of work

  • Improve Hwy 4 roadway structure and smoothness through reconstruction (1.6 miles). The original 1951 concrete rides rough with a Ride Quality Index of 0.3 in 2011.
  • Upgrade city utility infrastructure, which is currently experiencing multiple breaks each winter.
  • Construct mini-roundabouts at the existing signals on 1st Avenue to reduce delays and improve safety.
  • Add back-in parallell parking downtown for maximum parking and safety.
  • Enhance pedestrian accommodations through sidewalk construction, boulevard aesthetics and safety improvements.



  • Chose alternative through town, will not bypass community
  • Survey mapping
  • Scope of work
  • Utility mapping
  • Preliminary concepts/alternatives
  • Geometric layout for municipal consent

In process

  • Construction limits for right of way purchasing
  • Purchase right of way


  • $6.9 million (excludes city utility work)