Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project

Hwy 4 businesses are open

Revised Schedule

Project re-bid in May 2016

Due to a delay in the bidding process, the construction schedules and sequencing has been revised. Construction could begin as early as August 2016 and finish as late as September 2018.

On February 26 only two contractor bids came in and they were over the estimated project cost of about $12.5 million. By rescheduling the bid for May 20, with the option to do some work in 2016 and 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, allow contractors more flexibility in staging the work across 2.5 years of construction instead of 2 years.

Updated Schedule

  • May-June, 2016 Project bidding process
  • Aug-Oct, 2016 Initital Work
  • May-Oct, 2017 Major Construction
  • May-Sept, 2018 Major Construction
  • May-June, 2019 Finishing Work

Hwy 4 will be constructed in three phases. Phase 1 includes the downtown and fairgrounds area. Phase 2 includes the area between the downtown and fairgrounds. Phase 3 includes the area north of downtown.

Through-traffic of Hwy 4 will be detoured.Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained. Detour routes include Hwy 4, County Roads 57, 56 and 55. View/print through-traffic 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

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.