Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

169 Redefine—Elk River

Future freeway

Current impacts

Construction in progress

Off-road work to occur year-round. All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.

Hwy 10/101/169 interchange work zone

Construct new freeway connections and northbound Hwy 101/169 bridge. Map of 169 Redefine work zones, png

Lane closures

May 4 through Nov. 1
  • Hwy 101/169 is reduced to one lane in each direction, 24/7, through the interchange work zone
    • Until mid-August: SB Hwy 101 reduced to one lane to Wright Co. Rd. 39 in Otsego to add a new access lane
    • Note: All traffic on south side of road to reconstruct north side
  • Hwy 10 is reduced to one lane in each direction, 24/7, through the interchange work zone
Current work zone map
Current 2022 work zone. Select map for larger view, PNG

Ramp closures

May 9 through Nov. 1
  • WB Hwy 10 ramp closed to SB Hwy 101
    • Detour: Continue WB Hwy 10 to SB Hwy 101
    • Note: Temporary turn-signal installed west of interchange
  • SB Hwy 101/169 loop ramp closed to EB Hwy 10
    • Detour: Continue SB Hwy 101, Wright Co. Rd. 39, NB Hwy 101 to EB Hwy 10

Hwy 169 at 197th Ave. work zone

Construct freeway lanes and 197th Ave. bridge over Hwy 169.
Map of Redefine 169 work zones, png

Lane closures

May 3 through Nov. 1
  • Hwy 169 is reduced to one lane in each direction, 24/7, through the 197th Ave. work zone
    • Traffic switch Wed overnight, July 20: All traffic shifts to new north side of road to construct south side of road.

Road closures

May 3 through Nov. 1
  • 197th Ave. closed west of Hwy 169 to Irving St./Holt St. and east of Hwy 169 to east of Evans St.
    • Note: Signed detour for pedestrians along local side streets.
July 6 through early fall

Evans St. closed to/from 197th Ave. to reconstruct intersection

Be prepared for delays

Overall, Hwy 169 will be reduced to one lane in both directions through each work area, each year. Access to/from Hwy 169 and adjacent streets will change and motorists will follow road signs to the next open access. Pedestrians will have sidewalk closures with signed detours.

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About this project

The three-mile Hwy 169 freeway between Hwy 101/Hwy 10 and 197th Ave. in Elk River will take three full construction seasons to complete from April 2022 to November 2024. Work includes bridges, freeway lanes, adjacent road and sidewalk connections, city utilities and underground infrastructures.

Project location map -
Freeway in Elk River. Click map for PDF version

Convert to a freeway

  • Reconstruct all four-lanes of Hwy 169 and adjacent road connections
  • Construct four new interchanges:
    • Hwy 169 bridge over Main St.
    • School St./Elk Hills Dr. bridge over Hwy 169
    • Hwy 169 bridge over 193rd Ave.
    • 197th Ave. bridge over Hwy 169
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve access at the Hwy 10/101/169interchange
  • Replace the northbound Hwy 101/169 bridge over Hwy 10

The 169 Redefine project is in partnership with MnDOT, City of Elk River and Sherburne County.

Visualization of future freeway in Elk River

All information is subject to change.