Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project

Summary

Hwy 4 through the city of St. James is in poor condition and in disrepair. The city utility infrsstructure 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 Aveneue S. to address the skew and increase safety
  • Construct mini-roundabouts at the two existing signals on 1st Avenue
  • Provide back-in parallell parking downtown
  • Replace existing sidewalk and install new sidewalk
  • Bring all pedstrian accommodations up to American's with Disability Act (ADA) standards
  • Upgrade city utility infrastructure - storm sewer throughout the corridor
  • Upgrade lighting standards and fixtures

Schedule

  • April - Sept. 2015 - Project Design

  • Oct. 2015 - Jan. 2016 - Agency Approvals

  • Feb. - April 2016 - Project Bidding

  • May - Oct. 2016 - Year 1 Construction

  • May - Sept. 2017 - Year 2 Construction

Traffic impacts

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 Highway 4, County Roads 57, 56 and 55.
View/print through-traffic 2016 detour route (PDF 2 MB)

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.
View/print construction 2016-17 staging map (PDF 0.6 MB)

Cost

  • $6.9 million (excludes city utility work)