Highway 22 south of St. Peter temporarily reopens tonight; detour to resume Nov. 17-18
MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists are advised that Highway 22 south of St. Peter is expected to temporarily reopen to traffic by 9 p.m. tonight, Nov. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Crews have been working to raise approaches to the overflow bridge on Highway 22, between Highway 169 and the Minnesota River bridge, to provide a smoother road surface for motorists. Due to weather and equipment issues, the work to raise the approaches is taking longer than expected.
The temporary opening of Highway 22 is necessary to allow the roadway to be used as a detour route on Wednesday, Nov. 16, while Union Pacific Railroad makes emergency repairs to their railroad crossing with Highway 99 in St. Peter.
Highway 22 is expected to close again around 4 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 and remain closed until around 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, as work to raise the bridge approaches on Highway 22 resumes. Motorists may use Highway 169 as an alternate route during the detour. Local traffic will be detoured to Highway 99 and Le Sueur County Road 21 (Golf Course Road and Shanaska Creek Road).
The St. Peter Disc Golf Course will be closed on Nov. 17-18 for the safety of visitors.
MnDOT anticipates that additional work to raise the approaches on Highway 22 will be necessary and may occur later this year, weather permitting.
Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:
- Drive the speed limit. It helps create a consistent, more predictable traffic flow for everyone.
- Don’t drive distracted. Drivers need to be alert especially in work zones, which constantly change due to lane shifts, closures and moving workers and vehicles.
- Move over to give workers room to safely complete their work.
- Avoid unnecessary lane changes.
- Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.