U.S. Route 169 in Minnesota

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 169 in Minnesota. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 169.

U.S. Highway 169 marker

U.S. Highway 169
U.S. 169 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 359.523 mi[2] (578.596 km)
Existed: 1931[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 169 in Elmore, MN at the Minnesota–Iowa state line
 
North end: US 53 / MN 169 near Virginia
Location
Counties: Faribault, Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley, Le Sueur, Scott, Hennepin, Anoka, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Itasca, St. Louis
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 156 MN 169

U.S. Highway 169 (U.S. 169) is a major north–south highway in the U.S. state of Minnesota, connecting the Minnesota River valley with the Twin Cities and the Iron Range. Much of the route is built to expressway or freeway standards.

Route description[edit]

First reassurance marker in Minnesota north of the Iowa state line

U.S. 169 enters Minnesota near Elmore as a two-lane, undivided highway, continuing as such through Blue Earth, where it crosses Interstate Highway 90. Roughly 5 miles southwest of Mankato, U.S. 169 and State Highway 60 merge to a single expressway through Mankato. In North Mankato, Highway 60 moves from a concurrency with U.S. 169 to another one with U.S. 14.

US 169 northbound concurrent with MN 22 and MN 99 in Saint Peter

In Mankato and North Mankato, U.S. 169 functions as an arterial highway, passing directly through the cities' downtown area. From Mankato north to Shakopee, the route remains an expressway, except for the section passing through Saint Peter, where U.S. 169 is the main street through town.

55 miles (89 km) of U.S. 169 from Saint Peter to I-494 in Bloomington is officially designated the John A. Johnson Memorial Highway. This includes the Bloomington Ferry Bridge between Shakopee and Bloomington. This designation is marked as "Johnson Memorial Drive" on some maps, but not marked as such on directional signs, nor commonly known by this name.

In the Twin Cities area, the route is constructed to freeway standards between County Road 69 in Shakopee and State Highway 610. The freeway between Interstate 494 and Interstate 694 was originally built by Hennepin County as County Road 18. In 1988, County Road 18 was transferred to the state of Minnesota and became the new alignment for Highway 169 in the Minneapolis area. In exchange, Hennepin County took over maintenance of two other highways that were formerly state routes.

Also in the Minneapolis area, U.S. 169 is often very congested. However, since the freeway passes very close to residential neighborhoods in many locations, any expansion of the freeway would disrupt housing stock in the surrounding area. North of MN 610, 169 remains an expressway until Anoka where it becomes a street. It then joins U.S. 10 west to Elk River.

North of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, U.S. 169 continues as an expressway to Mille Lacs Lake, an important resort area. The highway skirts the western shore of the lake. 74 miles (119 km) of U.S. 169 from Elk River to Garrison is officially designated the POW / MIA Memorial Highway. From Mille Lacs Lake, U.S. 169 continues northward to its junction with U.S. 2 at Grand Rapids. Here, 169 turns northeasterly to reach the cities of the Mesabi Iron Range.

At the east end of Grand Rapids, U.S. 169 becomes an expressway and remains such for 8 miles. An additional 1.5 miles, from Taconite to Itasca County Road 7; will be complete in 2016. It passes through the cities of Hibbing, Chisholm, and Mountain Iron before reaching U.S. 53 at the city of Virginia. This four-lane stretch of 169 is also known as the Highway 169 Cross Range Expressway. The northern terminus of U.S. 169 is at the city of Virginia.

State Highway 169 begins immediately north of Virginia in Wuori Township; and continues northeast for 49 miles (79 km) to the cities of Tower, Ely, and Winton. State Highway 169 is numbered as an extension of U.S. 169.

U.S. 169 is one of three Minnesota U.S. marked highways to carry the same number as an existing state marked highway within the state. The others being Highways 61 and 65.

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 169 is defined as all or part of Routes 5, 7, 383, 3, 18, and 35 in the Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.114(2) and 161.117(4).[1],[2] The route is not marked with those numbers.

History[edit]

Exit numbers started appearing in Shakopee in 2016

U.S. 169 was extended into Minnesota circa 1931.[1] The route in Minnesota was paved by 1940.[1]

U.S. 169, between the junction with State Highway 60 (south of Mankato) and the Twin Cities, was upgraded to at least expressway status over several stages. The freeway section around Mankato and the adjoining expressway sections were completed in the early 1960s, along with bypasses of Le Sueur, Jordan and Belle Plaine.[1]

The U.S. 169 freeway bypass around Shakopee was built in the mid-1990s along a new alignment, which included the newly constructed Bloomington Ferry Bridge. Prior to this realignment, U.S. 169 crossed the Minnesota River from downtown Shakopee where it had been co-signed with State Highway 101. North of the river crossing, U.S. 169 had previously been co-signed with what was then U.S. 212 (Flying Cloud Drive) through Eden Prairie until 1996.

A new U.S. 169 interchange with State Highway 19, near Henderson, was completed in 2002.[1]

An expressway section of Highway 169 through southern Hennepin County was converted to full freeway in 2006, with new interchanges constructed at Pioneer Trail and Anderson Lakes Parkway. At-grade intersections with traffic signals have been removed at the recently constructed Interstate 494 interchange, which was previously a point of frequent congestion.

North of the Twin Cities, Highway 169 has been upgraded to an expressway between Elk River and the southern end of Mille Lacs Lake, with bypasses of Princeton and Milaca built in the late 1980s.

U.S. 169 between Hill City and Grand Rapids has been built to super-2 standards.

The expressway section between Pengilly and the city of Virginia was built in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 2008, construction began on a new Highway 169 interchange with County Road 81 and 85th Avenue North in Brooklyn Park. This interchange is also known as The Devil's Triangle, or simply as "The Triangle", because of the major traffic congestion during rush hour, especially in the afternoon. Construction was completed on August 11, 2011.

During the flooding of September 2010, flood waters destroyed a 150-foot section of the northbound lanes of Highway 169 between St. Peter and Le Sueur. Mn/DOT believes, "when the flood waters rose up it found a weak spot in the slope or the dirt bank and got under the grass and started mining under the pavement. Finally, it just sucked all the dirt out and the pavement just dropped into a hole." Traffic was detoured to the southbound lanes of 169 for a month, resulting in a temporary two lane expressway, until the northbound section was repaired.

In November 2010, construction began on a completely redesigned Highway 169 interchange at Interstate 494, where three traffic signals had existed. The new interchange features six roundabouts, new flyover bridges, and two new bridges over I-494 that will carry West 78th Street and Washington Avenue. Major construction began in March 2011. Construction continued in spring 2012 with the completion of reconstructing surrounding roads and remaining ramps. Mn/DOT completed the entire project in November 2012. The 2010 cost of the construction project was $140 million.[3] [4]

In 2016, exit numbers have started appearing on the Shakopee portion of the freeway section in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.

Future[edit]

A study to convert U.S. 169 to a freeway between U.S. 10 in Elk River to 277th Avenue north of Zimmerman was completed in late 2009. A complete review of the project by Mn/DOT will occur in 2011. A complete construction schedule and timeline will then by released by Mn/DOT. Allocation of funds for the project is currently underway and the only thing holding back from starting the project. The project is expected to cost around $178 Million. In the meantime, the 14 miles between U.S. 10 in Elk River to 277th Avenue north of Zimmerman will be resurfaced during the 2012 construction season. The construction will begin in May 2012.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location mi[6] km Exit Destinations Notes
Faribault Elmore 0.000 0.000 US 169 south – Algona, Fort Dodge Continuation into Iowa
Blue Earth 11.308–
11.365
18.198–
18.290
I-90 – Fairmont, Albert Lea I-90 exit 119
Winnebago 19.595 31.535 MN 109 east
Blue Earth Amboy 28.506 45.876 MN 30 east Southern end of MN 30 overlap
28.852 46.433 MN 30 west Northern end of MN 30 overlap
South Bend Township 47.746 76.840 MN 60 west – Lake Crystal, Sioux City Southern end of MN 60 overlap
49.426–
49.484
79.543–
79.637
CSAH 90
50.658 81.526 MN 68 north – New Ulm
Mankato 52.057 83.778 Frontage Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
52.941 85.200 MN 66 (Riverfront Drive)
Nicollet North Mankato 52.919 85.165 Lookout Drive, Center Street
53.568 86.209 North Mankato, Mankato
Blue EarthNicollet
county line
MankatoNorth Mankato city line 55.659 89.574 US 14 / MN 60 east – New Ulm, Waseca Northern end of MN 60 overlap
Nicollet St. Peter 64.839 104.348 MN 99 west – Nicollet Southern end of MN 99 overlap
64.985 104.583 MN 22 south Southern end of MN 99 overlap
65.954 106.143 MN 99 east (Broadway Avenue) – Le Center Northern end of MN 99 overlap
67.705 108.961 MN 22 north – Gaylord Northern end of MN 22 overlap
Sibley Henderson Township 76.194 122.622 MN 93 south / CSAH 8 – Le Sueur Southern end of MN 93 overlap
77.166 124.187 MN 93 north – Henderson Northern end of MN 93 overlap
Le Sueur Le Sueur 78.383 126.145 MN 112 south – Le Sueur
Le SueurScott
county line
TyroneBlakeley
township line
83.821 134.897 MN 19 – New Prague, Gaylord
Scott Belle Plaine 91.855 147.826 MN 25 north / CSAH 64
Jordan 98.201 158.039 MN 282 east to MN 21 north / CSAH 9
99.100 159.486 MN 21 south – Jordan, New Prague MN 21 only signed southbound
Jackson Township 105.963 170.531 MN 41 north / CSAH 78 south – Chaska
Shakopee 107.252 172.605 107 CSAH 69 (Old Brick Yard Road)
108.203 174.136 108 CSAH 15 (Marystown Road)
109.948 176.944 110 CSAH 17 (Marschall Road)
111.691 179.749 112 CSAH 83 (Canterbury Road)
113.689–
113.749
182.965–
183.061
113 To MN 13 / CSAH 21 – Burnsville, Savage Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
114.236–
114.307
183.845–
183.959
114 CSAH 21 No northbound exit
114.636–
115.379
184.489–
185.685
115 CSAH 101 to MN 13 – Shakopee, Burnsville, Savage Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Minnesota River 115.698–
116.128
186.198–
186.890
Bloomington Ferry Bridge; Scott–Hennepin county line
Hennepin Bloomington 116.369 187.278 CSAH 1 east (Old Shakopee Road) / Riverview Road Southern end of CSAH 1 overlap
117.121 188.488 CSAH 1 west (Pioneer Trail) Northern end of CSAH 1 overlap
118.436 190.604 Bloomington Ferry Road, Anderson Lakes Parkway
119.969 193.071 Washington Avenue, Marth Road
120.023 193.158 I-494 / MN 5 I-494 exits 10A-B
Edina 120.971 194.684 Valley View Road
EdinaEden Prairie city line 122.189–
122.198
196.644–
196.659
US 212 west / MN 62
122.784 197.602 Londonderry Road, Bren Road
HopkinsEdina city line 123.789 199.219 7th Street South
Hopkins 124.384 200.177 CSAH 3 – Downtown Hopkins
125.289 201.633 MN 7 – Minneapolis, Excelsior
St. Louis Park 125.653 202.219 36th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
MinnetonkaSt. Louis Park city line 126.128 202.983 CSAH 5 (Minnetonka Boulevard)
126.706 203.914 Cedar Lake Road
127.899 205.833 Frontage Road Northbound exit and entrance
127.611 205.370 16th Street
St. Louis ParkGolden Valley city line 128.022 206.031 I-394 – Minneapolis I-394 exit 3
PlymouthGolden Valley city line 128.417 206.667 Betty Crocker Drive, Shelard Parkway
128.690 207.106 MN 55 – Minneapolis, Buffalo
129.369 208.199 13th Avenue, Plymouth Avenue
PlymouthGolden ValleyNew Hope city line 130.371 209.812 CSAH 70 (Medicine Lake Road)
PlymouthNew Hope city line 131.376 211.429 36th Avenue North
132.158 212.688 CSAH 9 (Rockford Road)
132.891 213.867 49th Avenue North
Maple GroveBrooklyn Park city line 133.861 215.428 CSAH 10 (Bass Lake Road)
134.654 216.705 63rd Avenue North
135.601 218.229 I-94 / I-694 I-94/694 exits 29A-B
136.398 219.511 CSAH 130 (77th Avenue North, Brooklyn Boulevard)
Brooklyn Park 139.572 224.619 CSAH 81 (Bottineau Boulevard) / CSAH 109 (85th Avenue North)
138.519 222.925 CSAH 30 (93rd Avenue North)
139.028 223.744 MN 610
Mississippi River 143.339–
143.535
230.682–
230.997
Anoka-Champlin Mississippi River Bridge
Anoka Anoka 144.400 232.389 US 10 east / MN 47 – Coon Rapids Southern end of US 10 overlap
144.923 233.231 Main Street, Greenhaven Road
Sherburne Elk River 155.703 250.580 US 10 west / MN 101 south Northern end of US 10 overlap
159.349 256.447 CSAH 33
Baldwin Township 170.726 274.757 CSAH 9
Princeton 174.343 280.578 CSAH 29 (Rum River Drive)
Mille Lacs 176.205 283.574 MN 95 – St. Cloud, Princeton
177.423 285.535 CSAH 29 (Rum River Drive)
Milaca 189.035 304.222 MN 23 – Milaca
Onamia 211.156 339.823 MN 27 west Southern end of MN 27 overlap
Cove 213.745 343.989 MN 27 east – Wahkon, Isle Northern end of MN 27 overlap
Aitkin
No major junctions
Crow Wing Garrison 231.395 372.394 MN 18 west – Deerwood, Brainerd Southern end of MN 18 overlap
Aitkin Hazelton Township 236.536 380.668 MN 18 east – Malmo Northern end of MN 18 overlap
Aitkin 249.648 401.770 MN 47 south
250.159 402.592 MN 210 west Southern end of MN 210 overlap
Hassman 258.066 415.317 MN 210 east Northern end of MN 210 overlap
Hill City 284.599 458.018 MN 200
Itasca Grand Rapids 302.803 487.314 US 2 west – Bemidji Southern end of US 2 overlap
303.234 488.008 US 2 east – Duluth Northern end of US 2 overlap
Pengilly 321.160 516.857 MN 65 south Southern end of MN 65 overlap
Nashwauk 323.814 521.128 MN 65 north Northern end of MN 65 overlap
St. Louis Hibbing 334.057 537.613 MN 73 south – Floodwood
335.055 539.219
1st Avenue (US 169 Bus.)
335.763 540.358 MN 37 east
337.698 543.472
Howard Street (US 169 Bus.)
Chisholm 342.391 551.025 MN 73 north Northern end of MN 73 overlap
Mountain Iron 356.922 574.410 CR 102
Virginia 359.462 578.498 US 53 / MN 169 begins – International Falls, Duluth National end of US 169
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b c d e Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 152–218". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 21, 2010. [self-published source]
  2. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.ci.bloomington.mn.us/cityhall/dept/pubworks/engineer/streets/curr_proj/th169/th169.htm
  4. ^ http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/169/
  5. ^ http://projects.dot.state.mn.us/srf/169elkriver/index.html
  6. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. pp. 93,203–226. Retrieved October 22, 2015. 


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