Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

169 Redefine—Elk River

Future freeway


  • The 197th Ave. bridge over Hwy 169
  • The northbound 101/169 bridge over Hwy 10
  • Access to/from Hwy 169, Hwy 10, Hwy 101 and 197th Ave.
  • All lanes returned to original configuration

Current impacts

Construction in progress

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

November 2022

Current work zone map
Current 2022 work zone. Select map for larger view, PNG
  • Periodic lane closures as crews wrap up work at:
    • Hwy 169 and 197th Ave. interchange
    • Hwy 10, 101, 169 interchange
      • Note: WB Hwy 10 to SB Hwy 101 will continue to use the temporary signal until the permanent parts arrive

Spring 2023

Work operations will resume in full force in Spring 2023 as crews construct two new Hwy 169 interchanges at 193rd Ave. and School St. Work zone map, PNG

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.

Consider these tips:

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.