Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project

Hwy 4 businesses are open

Project experiences delay

Project to be re-bid in late Spring 2016

The contractor bids to reconstruct Hwy 4 through St. James came in significantly higher than anticipated by MnDOT and the city of St. James. MnDOT and the city have determined it is beneficial to all to have contractors re-bid on the project in May or June, moving some of the 2016-17 work into 2018.

On February 26 only two contractor bids came in and they were over $18 million and $19 million respectively. MnDOT had estimated the project at about $12.5 million. Areas where the bid was higher than the estimate included the staging of the work and the handling of the contaminated soils.

By rescheduling the bid in May or June, with the option to do some work in 2016 and having the majority of the work in 2017-18, MnDOT and the city hope to do two things. The first, allow a more competitive bidding market as this will be one of the first projects contractors can bid on for 2017 and 2018. Secondly, this will allow contractors more flexibility in staging the work across 2.5 years of construction instead of 2 years. MnDOT will also review opportunities to improve the handling of the contaminated soils.

The federal demonstration grant to construct two mini-roundabouts and back-in-diagonal parking as part of the Hwy 4 reconstruction project remains intact with the project being re-bid in 2016. The Accelerated Innovation Deployment grant is for $864,000 and will be applied to the shared cost of the mini-roundabouts replacing signalized Hwy 4 intersections with 7th Street and Armstrong Boulevard in downtown St. James.

Schedule/Traffic impacts (update coming soon)

Hwy 4 will be constructed in three phases over two years. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are constructed in 2016. Phase 1 includes the downtown and fairgrounds area. Phase 2 includes the area between the downtown and fairgrounds. Phase 3 is constructed in 2017 and includes the area north of downtown.

Through-traffic of Hwy 4 will be detoured during most of the 2016-17 construction season. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained. Detour routes include Hwy 4, County Roads 57, 56 and 55. View/print through-traffic 2016 detour route (PDF)

Summary

Hwy 4 through the city of St. James is in poor condition and in disrepair. The city utility infrastructure is also in poor condition and is currently experiencing multiple breaks each winter. MnDOT received municipal consent for the projects project in December 2014. The project includes reconstruction of approximately 1.6 miles of Hwy 4, including two new mini-roundabouts. Project elements include:

  • Reconstruct Hwy 4 from approximately 200 feet south of 10th Avenue S. to 11th Avenue N.
  • Realign 7th Avenue S. to address the skew and increase safety
  • Construct mini-roundabouts at the two existing signals on 1st Avenue
  • Provide back-in parallel parking downtown
  • Replace existing sidewalk and install new sidewalk
  • Bring all pedestrian accommodations up to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards
  • Upgrade city utility infrastructure - storm sewer throughout the corridor
  • Upgrade lighting standards and fixtures
  • Downtown Aesthetics

News - Hwy 4 project receives innovative grant

The Federal Highway Administration announced that MnDOT and the city of St. James have been awarded a demonstration grant to construct two mini-roundabouts and back-in-diagonal parking as part of the Hwy 4 reconstruction project in 2016-17. The Accelerated Innovation Deployment grant is for $864,000 and will be applied to the shared cost of the mini-roundabouts replacing signalized Hwy 4 intersections with 7th Street and Armstrong Boulevard in St. James.