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July 26, 2023

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Crews begin Highway 169 safety improvement project in southwest Scott County on July 31

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Crews begin work at 5 a.m. Monday, July 31 on the Highway 169 safety improvement project in southwest Scott County, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Crews are building J-turns, removing center median crossings, adding cable median barriers, and making drainage improvements between Highway 25 in Belle Plaine and Highway 19 in Blakeley Township.

Construction of the J-turns will be done in sequence, beginning at the Blakeley Trail and 250th Street/Raven Road intersections. Both directions of Hwy 169 will be reduced to one lane between Blakeley Trail and 263rd Street from Monday through 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 while crews complete the work. They will then move to Lehnert Lane/270th Street and the other crossings.
Adding J-turns (Reduced Conflict Intersections) and removing center median crossings will help prevent high-risk movements and left turns onto Highway 169 from a local road or driveway. Center cable median barriers help prevent the most serious and fatal head-on crossover crashes.

Crews expect construction on Highway 169 to wrap up in fall 2023. For more information or to sign up for email updates, visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy169belleplaine.

All construction activities and traffic impacts are weather dependent and subject to change.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution and slow down in work zones where workers are present.