Here's something we haven't seen for nine months: Vehicles driving on Highway 169 in Edina.
MnDOT tweeted Monday the highway, which has been closed since January, would reopen by 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, weather permitting.
And, weather has permitted, the agency tweeted Tuesday morning.
See below for the original story, published Sept. 22.
Yay! Highway 169 will finally reopen on Wednesday
It's been a long nine months, but Highway 169 will finally reopen on Wednesday.
Both directions of the highway between Bren Road in Minnetonka and 7th Street in Edina have been closed since January so crews could replace the Nine Mile Creek Bridge.
And on Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that stretch of road – and all the ramps that have been closed – will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday (weather permitting).
This date is more on track with the original completion date MnDOT had set when it announced the nine-month project. But, after the start of it was delayed twice, MnDOT had pushed the completion date back from September to the end of October. Then in August, MnDOT said the roadway would reopen on Oct. 1.
Now, it'll open a few days earlier.
This is good news for the 90,000 drivers who used the Nine Mile Creek Bridge every day. For the past several months, they've been using alternate routes like Highway 62, Highway 100, Interstate 394, as well as smaller highways.
The Highway 169 closure – along with all the other major road construction happening throughout the metro area – has made traffic pretty miserable this summer and has upset people who live near the detour routes.
In addition to replacing the Nine Mile Creek Bridge, this $64 million project also includes other improvements to the highway and exit ramps between Golden Valley and Eden Prairie, which has prompted various ramp closures this summer.
For more information on this project, click here.