169 Redefine

This visualization clip is a work in progress and does not represent all final design details but a three-dimensional drive through when complete in 2024.

Video courtesy: MnDOT

Project Overview Hwy169Redefine_Logo

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will convert Highway 169 to a freeway, removing all five stop lights from the Mississippi River north through Elk River.

The Highway 169 corridor is an important north-south arterial route in central Minnesota. This route connects Minnesota’s central lakes region and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area with the growing trade centers of Elk River, Zimmerman, and Princeton. The highway plays an important role serving commuters and recreational users, and connecting economic centers in the state.

The signalized intersections along this stretch of Highway 169 are over capacity, resulting in significant delays and safety issues on Highway 169 and all adjacent streets. This project was selected through the State of Minnesota's Corridors of Commerce grant program.

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Redefining the Rumors - FAQs

We want to find out what’s the word on the street about MnDOT’s 169 Redefine project. Tell us what rumors you’re hearing and we’ll have project staff members quickly set the record straight!

View other rumor submissions and the corresponding answers from MnDOT’s project team on the FAQ page.

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Schedule and Timeline

169 Redefine Current Timeline 2021 

Final Plan

Final Plan Layout - May 2021

Project Inquiries

For questions about 169 Redefine, contact MnDOT Project Manager Darren Nelson via email, or phone at 218-828-5760. For additional information, please visit MnDOT’s project webpage.

Final Layout 169 Redefine

Visual Resources

Elk River Public Works Director/Chief Engineer, Justin Femrite walks residents through the anticipated changes planned for each impacted interchange as part of MnDOT’s 169 Redefine project in the following short videos:

Hwy 169 & Hwy 10

Hwy 169 & Main Street

Hwy 169 & School Street

Hwy 169 & 193rd Avenue

Hwy 169 & 197th Avenue

Community Impact

Residents can expect changes to their daily routes across town during construction. This will change with the project as phases are completed. 

Those who travel through Elk River can expect reduced speeds and lane shifts throughout the project. The full impacts on travel time through Elk River and access to local businesses during the course of construction will be determined as we advance through preliminary and final design. 

Traffic patterns on the local street networks will change, thus impacting how you access businesses along the Highway 169 corridor. Access modifications and accommodations will be made to assure the businesses can remain open during the project.

Expect more information on 169 Redefine business impacts and plans to address those items as part of the Together Elk River campaign. Until then, check out: How to Thrive During Road Construction - Guide for Businesses.