Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project

Hwy 4 businesses are open

Schedule/Traffic impacts

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)


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.