Prep Work Along Highway 169 Underway in the North Metro

The Hwy 169 curve south of the Mississippi River in Champlin Photo: Google Maps
The Hwy 169 curve south of the Mississippi River in Champlin

November 10, 2017 08:01 AM

Are you ready for construction season to be over? Not so fast. If you've traveled along Highway 169 lately, there are still plenty of construction barrels up between Brooklyn Park and Champlin.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Kent Barnard, there are two projects underway between Highway 610 and the Mississippi River.

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"One of them is resurfacing," Barnard said. "There's a second project, which is actually the initial project that we worked on, that's replacement of the two Elm Creek bridges that are just south of the Mississippi River.

Alternating lane closures will continue Monday through Saturday on Highway 169 until the middle of November. Barnard says the road will stay open with two lanes in both directions through the winter months, but it will be a different story in the spring. That's when the road will be one lane in both directions until October or November 2018.

Once the project is complete next fall, Highway 169 will have a much different look in Champlin. Currently, there's a significant curve in the road just south of the Mississippi River. That will eventually be eliminated as crews realign the highway. The city also plans to build a pedestrian/bicycle underpass beneath Highway 169 near Elm Creek.

"There are trails throughout the area along the Mississippi River, and we want to have a safe way for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross beneath the roadway," Barnard said.

Learn more about the project.

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