MnDOT will resurface both directions of Hwy 169 between Milaca and Princeton, replace pipes and reconstruct the access at Hwy 169 and Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 8 in Pease. Work will require detours.
Summary of work
Reconstruct into a J-turn access at Hwy 169 and Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 8 (west of Hwy 169 is Main St.; east of Hwy 169 is 105th St.)
Replace stormwater pipes beneath road
Install overhead intersection lighting
Update pedestrian approaches and install a crossing in the median
Milaca to Princeton
Begins after July 1
Resurface both directions of Hwy 169 (mill and overlay asphalt) between half-mile south of Co. Rd. 36 in Milaca and one mile north of Co. Rd. 29/N Rum River Rd. in Princeton, includes shoulders and turn lanes
Replace or repair pipes beneath southbound Hwy 169
Improve access and safety
J-turn intersections, also known as reduced conflict intersections, decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways, like Hwy 169. Drivers always make a right turn, followed by a J-turn. This eliminates the wait for a gap to cross both directions, which reduces potential conflicts.
J-turns were installed at these Hwy 169 intersections in 2020:
Co. Rd. 11 north of Milaca
Co. Rd. 12 south of Pease
Co. Rd. 13 in Long Siding
How to use J-turns
Information is tentative and subject to change once a contractor is on board in 2024.