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News Release
March 24, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Hwy 169 enhancements start Thursday, March 24

Temporary measures will increase capacity until other river crossings open


ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists will encounter lane and ramp closures on Highway 169 between County Road 18 in Shakopee and I-494 beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 as crews reconfigure the roadway to create a temporary enhanced detour route.


Crews will temporarily reconfigure the roadway by restriping, making traffic signal modifications and closing various ramps. The changes will create additional capacity in order to help move traffic more efficiently and safely across the Highway 169 Minnesota River bridge while the Highway 41 and Highway 101 Minnesota River crossings are closed due to flooding.


At 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 crews will begin restriping the roadway. Lane and ramp closures will begin on the northbound lanes first, and will begin on the southbound lanes starting at 10 p.m. All lanes will be reopened to traffic by 6 a.m. Friday, March 25.


Both directions of Highway 169 will be reduced to a single lane at 10 p.m. Friday, March 25 and reopened by 5 a.m. Monday, March 28.


Motorists may also encounter work crews and possible delays near the Highway 169/I-494 interchange as crews modify signals and close at-grade access.


Highway 169 will be returned to its pre-flood condition as soon as Highways 41 and 101 can safely be opened.


Motorists can expect the following:



Increased traffic management and enhanced freeway service patrol (FIRST) will quickly address and clear incidents during rush hours.


Maps depicting the changes at the Highway 169/I-494 interchange can be found at


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