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Construction season: 1 job that will be a big headache for metro-area drivers

Highways 169 and 10 in and around the metro have big jobs planned.

Minnesota's roads and bridges will get $1.1 billion in improvements this year, and that means plenty of detours and headaches for motorists across the state. 

“These projects are critical investments in Minnesota’s aging transportation system,” Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle said in a news release. “We will repave roads, repair and paint bridges, replace culverts and rehabilitate structures such as the Stillwater Lift Bridge.”

In all, there are 253 projects, many of which have already started, including the $239 million job at 35W and Interstate 94 in Minneapolis – a project that will continue through 2021. 

Of the projects yet to start, the one planned for this spring on Hwy. 169 looks like a pain in the butt. 

Hwy. 169 from Jordan to Belle Plaine

It's a concrete repair and replace job and it will cause some significant headaches. 

According to plans, the $18.6 million project will cause lane and road closures in addition to likely congestion on Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 282 in Jordan to Hwy. 19 near Blakeley Township. 

That's a stretch of about 13 miles of highway that will be disrupted for repairs. 


Another project that sticks out is a resurfacing job on Hwy. 10 from Big Lake to Clear Lake that will take place from May until September. 

There will be periodic lane closures in both directions beginning in May, followed by single-lane traffic in both directions from June to early-July. 

Then, from early-July until late-August, eastbound Hwy. 10 will be shut down and detoured into head-to-head single-lane traffic on the westbound side. 

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