Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

169 Redefine—Elk River

Future freeway

Current impacts

2024 construction is underway. All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.

Hwy 169

Hwy 10 to 197th Ave.

  • One-lane each way, 24-7, to work in the center median July 9-16
Hwy 169 work zone map
Hwy 169 one lane each way, 24-7 between Hwy 10 and School St. Access to/from Main St. closed. Select map image to enlarge

Hwy 10 to School St.

  • One lane each way, 24-7, between Hwy 10 and School St. to work at Main St. until late October
    • Note: Traffic on southbound side of road as crews reconstruct northbound through early August

Main St.

  • West of Hwy 169: Closed to Carson Ave.
    • Main St. access open Gates to Carson Ave.
  • East of Hwy 169: Closed to Zane St.
    • Main St. access open from Zane St./Line Ave. to Twin Lakes Rd.

Elk River is open

Access will be open and maintained to those who visit, live or work in Elk River.

Local changes

Installed to improve access and traffic flow:

  • Right in/out access at northbound Hwy 169 and Zane St. north of Hwy 10
  • Signal at 179th Ave. and Twin Lakes Rd.
  • All-way stop at Dodge/School/Elk Hills Dr.
  • All-way stop at Evans/Jackson/193rd Ave.

Local access closed at the Main St./Zane St./Line Ave./181st Ave. intersection, east of Hwy 169 in Elk River to reconstruct the intersection. Motorists to follow road signs along Twin Lakes Rd. between 179th St. and Line Ave. The access will reopen in mid-August.

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.

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 - Complete 2022
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility along city streets
  • Upgrade underground infrastructure and utilities
  • Improve access at the Hwy 10/101/169interchange - Complete 2022
  • Replace the northbound Hwy 101/169 bridge over Hwy 10 - Complete 2022

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.