Highway 169 to Reopen Wednesday After Nine Months of Roadwork

September 25, 2017 08:15 PM

Highway 169 between Golden Valley and Edina will reopen early Wednesday morning, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials announced on Friday.

Both directions of the major thoroughfare, which averaged about 90,000 vehicles per day, have been shut down since January. During that time, MnDOT replaced the Nine Mile Creek bridge with a new, nearly 4,000-foot causeway. They also rebuilt and repaired the Highway 169 infrastructure.

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"I think it's fairly safe to say that we have never had a project of this magnitude, where we have closed a roadway that serves 90,000 people a day," MnDOT Metro District Engineer Scott McBride said

McBride added that if the $64 million project had been completed in installments, it likely would've taken two to three years, as opposed to nine months.

RELATED: Ceremony to Mark Cmpletion of Nine Mile Causeway Project on Highway 169

Still, dealing with the roadwork wasn't easy. Thousands of drivers were impacted, especially those in Minnetonka, Edina, Hopkins, and St. Louis Park,.

"If anybody knows anyone at Google Maps or Waze, we'd like their name," Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said to laughter at a Friday morning press conference.

RELATED: Portion of Highway 169 Closes Monday for 10 Months

Most commuters said they're thrilled to hear the highway will reopen Wednesday morning. Mark Allison exhaled upon hearing the news and simply said, "that'll be nice."

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