Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 169

Champlin

Traffic Impacts

Hwy 169 Champlin project location map

Hwy 169 Champlin project location map.

Click map for larger PDF version.

Learn more about this project, including how to do the zipper merge when travelling through this project area.

Current

Now open:

  • The new SB Elm Creek Bridge - traffic will be shifted to this new bridge on Mon, June 25, see details below.
  • Hayden Lake Rd. west of Hwy 169

Bridge closures

Mon, June 25 to fall 2018
  • The NB Elm Creek Bridge will be closed over the Mississippi River

Lane closures

May 7 through Mon, July 2
  • All traffic on Hwy 169 is shifted to the northbound roadway with a single lane in each direction between Hwy 610 and the Mississippi River.
    • Note: When southbound project work is complete in mid-July, then project work will begin on the Northbound Elm Creek bridge and NB Hwy 169. Traffic will shift to the southbound Elm Creek bridge and SB Hwy 169.
Thu, June 7
  • Traffic on Hwy 169 between Dayton Rd. and Hayden Lake Rd. will be shifted to the west. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction.

Ramp closures

May 7 through late September
  • WB Hwy 610 to NB Hwy 169 is closed
    • Use signed detour route

Upcoming

Details on upcoming impacts will be provided as they become available.

Lane closures

Tue, July 3 through fall 2018
  • All traffic on Hwy 169 will be shifted to the southbound roadway with a single lane in each direction between Hwy 610 and the Mississippi River.

About this project

Deterioration under the NB and SB Hwy 169 bridge decks over Elm Creek (the Mill Pond) had required MnDOT to place weight limits on both bridges from April 16 to Dec. 3, 2015. Following an emergency repair project to shore up the bridge decks, restrictions were removed, although the shoulders of the bridge remain closed.

The city of Champlin, along with MnDOT, are currently working on a project to replace the two bridges and make other improvements on Hwy 169 between East Hayden Lake Rd. and the Mississippi river beginning in the fall of 2017.

MnDOT has also secured funding for additional repairs, resurfacing and safety improvements on Hwy 169 between East Hayden Lake Rd. and Hwy 610. Working on both projects simultaneously will lessen the length of time residents, businesses and commuters will be inconvenienced.

Summary of work

Schedule

Fall 2017 through Fall 2018
  • Construction between East Hayden Lake Rd. and the Mississippi river
  • Resurfacing begins on Hwy 169 between Hwy 610 and East Hayden Lake Rd.

Hwy 169 between East Hayden Lake Rd (Co Rd. 121) and the Mississippi River

Hwy 169 Champlin funded project location map
Hwy 169 Champlin Funded project location map. Click map for larger PDF version.
  • Replace the current Elm Creek bridges with new bridges to carry NB and SB Hwy 169 traffic over Elm Creek
  • Realign Hwy 169 between the Mississippi river and East Hayden Lake Rd. to straighten curves
  • Construct a pedestrian/bicycle underpass beneath Hwy 169 at West River Rd. This structure aligns with the city of Champlin’s goal of a “walkable, bike-able city.”
  • Realign West River Rd. and Dean Ave. at Hwy 169. Build local access connections to West River Rd. from Dean Rd. Add a new signal system to control traffic at the new intersection.
  • Remove access from Dowlin St. to Hwy 169. Right turns from southbound Hwy 169 to Dowlin St. will be allowed.
  • Replace the existing signal systems at the intersection of Dayton Rd/Miller Rd. at Hwy 169

Hwy 169 between Hwy 610 and East Hayden Lake Rd.

Hwy 169 Champlin Unfunded project location map
Hwy 169 Champlin Unfunded project location map. Click map for larger PDF version.

A resurfacing project will begin in the fall of 2017. The project includes:

  • Concrete pavement resurfacing and repairs
  • ADA upgrades at intersections. Improvements include new crosswalks, pedestrian access and audible pedestrian signals
  • Extend all NB Hwy 169 to WB turn lanes from 230 feet to 500 feet at the following intersections
    • 109th Ave.
    • 120th Ave.
    • East Hayden Lake Rd
  • Build an acceleration lane on SB Hwy 169 south from 120th Ave.
  • Replace guardrail at pedestrian bridge between 101St. and 109th Avenues

Do the Zipper Merge

Hwy 8 Drainange Improvements project area location map

Zipper Merge Logo.

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When you encounter a construction zone where a lane will be closed, perform the zipper merge. A zipper merge occurs when motorists use both lanes of traffic until reaching the defined merge area, and then alternate in a "zipper" fashion into the open lane.