After being delayed twice, MnDOT says the nine-month closure of Highway 169 will begin next week. For real.
Both directions of Highway 169 between Bred Road in Minnetonka and 7th Street in Edina will be closed in both directions starting at 2 a.m. Monday so crews can replace the Nine Mile Creek Bridge, MnDOT said Friday.
So that morning, the nearly 90,000 drivers who cross the bridge every day will have to find another way to get around. That means traffic on nearby highways and interstates like Highway 62, Highway 100, Interstate 394, Interstate 494, as well as smaller highways, will be affected. All the way through the fall.
MnDOT hopes to reopen Highway 169 with a new bridge by the end of October, weather permitting. For more information, click here.
Could it be delayed again?
MnDOT initially planned to close the highway on Jan. 10, but snow delayed the project to Jan. 17. And then the project was delayed a second time because MnDOT needed a utility company to move things from the construction area.
David Aeikens of MnDOT told GoMN that only something that's unforeseen could delay the project again.
To encourage non-local motorists to take the detours, MnDOT will close the exit ramp from westbound I-394 to southbound Highway 169 on Monday, and it'll stay closed through the bridge replacement.
This $64 million project also includes other improvements to the highway and exit ramps between Golden Valley and Eden Prairie, so be prepared for various ramp closures over the next nine months. You can get the latest information here.