Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 8, 2017

Crews will remove trees along Hwy 169 from Zimmerman to Princeton

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists who travel Highway 169 between Zimmerman and Princeton will encounter crews, trucks merging onto and off of the roadway, occasional lane closures and potential delays while crews remove trees along the road right of way.

The trees are being removed to improve sight lines at intersections and other areas, remove debris from the road’s clear zone and improve overall safety along nine miles of the busy, four-lane freeway.

After analyzing crash data from the past 10 years, MnDOT estimates that 44 of the 66 crashes on this stretch of road may have been avoided or reduced with fewer trees in the road right-of-way.

“The improved sight lines should also help motorists better identify gaps in traffic to make better decisions when entering Highway 169 from intersections, and help reduce the potential for collisions with deer along this high-speed road section,” said Adam Ahrndt, MnDOT District 3 maintenance operations engineer.

The tree work and any required lane closures will occur on both directions of Highway 169 between County Road 4 in Zimmerman and 313th Avenue NE in Princeton, Mondays through Saturdays, from sunrise to sunset.

The project began Tuesday, Nov. 7 and will be complete in early-to-mid December.
Questions on the project should be directed to Zachary Whitley, MnDOT Project Manager.

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