Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 4 Reconstruction

St. James

About this project


Highway 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. Thre project includes reconstruction of approximately 1.6 miles of Highway 4, including two new mini-roundabouts. Project elements include:

  • Reconstruct Highway 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


  • April - Sept. 2015 - Project Design

  • Oct. 2015 - Jan. 2016 - Agency Approvals

  • Feb. 2016 - Project Letting

  • 2016 - 2017 - Planned Construction

Traffic impacts

Through-traffic of Hwy 4 will be detoured during most of the 2016-2017 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 detour route (PDF 2 MB):


  • $6.9 million (excludes city utility work)