Federal funds to lift flood prone highway between Mankato and St. Peter


The Associated Press reports that a stretch of highway between Mankato and St. Peter is the site of Minnesota's largest-ever economic development grant.

The announcement of the $9.8 million grant from the federal Economic Development Agency was made Monday. The grant will raise U.S. 169 between the communities. That stretch of federal highway has been closed seven times in the past 20 years due to flooding, causing major disruptions because of the road’s heavy traffic and limited alternative routes.

According to the grant request, the project will create 500 new jobs.

On June 13, the Mankato Free Press reported that the work will begin in 2016. The newspaper reported that the Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to add a median barrier for nine miles between Mankato and St. Peter to reduce the potential for head-on collisions as part of the project.

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