U.S. Route 169 in Minnesota
U.S. 169 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MnDOT|
|Length||359.523 mi (578.596 km)|
|South end||US 169 in Elmore at the Minnesota–Iowa state line|
|North end||US 53 in Virginia|
|Counties||Faribault, Blue Earth, Nicollet, Sibley, Le Sueur, Scott, Hennepin, Anoka, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Itasca, St. Louis|
U.S. Highway 169 (U.S. 169) is a major north–south highway in the U.S. state of Minnesota, connecting the Minnesota River valley with the Twin Cities and the Iron Range. Much of the route is built to expressway or freeway standards.
U.S. 169 enters Minnesota near Elmore as a two-lane, undivided highway, continuing as such through the majority of Blue Earth. Near the northern outskirts of the town, it expands to a four-lane, divided highway, subsequently crossing Interstate Highway 90. Soon after, it reverts back to its original two-lane size. Roughly 5 miles southwest of Mankato, U.S. 169 and State Highway 60 merge to a single expressway through Mankato. In North Mankato, Highway 60 moves from a concurrency with U.S. 169 to another one with U.S. 14.
In Mankato and North Mankato, U.S. 169 functions as an arterial highway, passing directly through the cities' downtown area. From Mankato north to Shakopee, the route remains an expressway, except for the section passing through Saint Peter, where U.S. 169 is the main street through town.
55 miles (89 km) of U.S. 169 from Saint Peter to I-494 in Bloomington is officially designated the John A. Johnson Memorial Highway. This includes the Bloomington Ferry Bridge between Shakopee and Bloomington. This designation is marked as "Johnson Memorial Drive" on some maps, but not marked as such on directional signs, nor commonly known by this name.
In the Twin Cities area, the route is constructed to freeway standards between County Road 69 in Shakopee and State Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park. The freeway between Interstate 494 and Interstate 694 was originally built by Hennepin County as County Road 18. In 1988, County Road 18 was transferred to the state of Minnesota and became the new alignment for Highway 169 in the Minneapolis area. In exchange, Hennepin County took over maintenance of two other highways that were formerly state routes. In the Minneapolis area, U.S. 169 is often congested, but the freeway passes close to residential neighborhoods in many locations, so any expansion of the freeway would disrupt housing stock in the surrounding area.
North of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, U.S. 169 continues as an expressway to Mille Lacs Lake, an important resort area. The highway skirts the western shore of the lake. 74 miles (119 km) of U.S. 169 from Elk River to Garrison is officially designated the POW / MIA Memorial Highway. From Mille Lacs Lake, U.S. 169 continues northward to its junction with U.S. 2 at Grand Rapids. Here, 169 turns northeasterly to reach the cities of the Mesabi Iron Range.
At the east end of Grand Rapids, U.S. 169 becomes an expressway and remains such for 8 miles. An additional 1.5 miles, from Taconite to Itasca County Road 7; will be complete in 2016. It passes through the cities of Hibbing, Chisholm, and Mountain Iron before reaching U.S. 53 at the city of Virginia. This four-lane stretch of 169 is also known as the Highway 169 Cross Range Expressway. The northern terminus of U.S. 169 is at the city of Virginia.
State Highway 169 begins immediately north of Virginia in Wuori Township; and continues northeast for 49 miles (79 km) to the cities of Tower, Ely, and Winton. State Highway 169 is numbered as an extension of U.S. 169.
Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 169 is defined as all or part of Routes 5, 7, 383, 3, 18, and 35 in the Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.114(2) and 161.117(4)., The route is not marked with those numbers.
U.S. 169, between the junction with State Highway 60 (south of Mankato) and the Twin Cities, was upgraded to at least expressway status over several stages. The freeway section around Mankato and the adjoining expressway sections were completed in the early 1960s, along with bypasses of Le Sueur, Jordan and Belle Plaine.
The U.S. 169 freeway bypass around Shakopee was built in the mid-1990s along a new alignment, which included the newly constructed Bloomington Ferry Bridge. Prior to this realignment, U.S. 169 crossed the Minnesota River from downtown Shakopee where it had been co-signed with State Highway 101. North of the river crossing, U.S. 169 had previously been co-signed with what was then U.S. 212 (Flying Cloud Drive) through Eden Prairie until 1996.
An expressway section of Highway 169 through southern Hennepin County was converted to full freeway in 2006, with new interchanges constructed at Pioneer Trail and Anderson Lakes Parkway. At-grade intersections with traffic signals have been removed at the recently constructed Interstate 494 interchange, which was previously a point of frequent congestion.
In 2008, construction began on a new Highway 169 interchange with County Road 81 and 85th Avenue North in Brooklyn Park. This interchange is also known as The Devil's Triangle, or simply as "The Triangle", because of the major traffic congestion during rush hour, especially in the afternoon. Construction was completed on August 11, 2011.
During the flooding of September 2010, flood waters destroyed a 150-foot section of the northbound lanes of Highway 169 between St. Peter and Le Sueur. MnDOT believes, "when the flood waters rose up it found a weak spot in the slope or the dirt bank and got under the grass and started mining under the pavement. Finally, it just sucked all the dirt out and the pavement just dropped into a hole." Traffic was detoured to the southbound lanes of 169 for a month, resulting in a temporary two lane expressway, until the northbound section was repaired.
In November 2010, construction began on a completely redesigned Highway 169 interchange at Interstate 494, where three traffic signals had existed. The new interchange features six roundabouts, new flyover bridges, and two new bridges over I-494 that will carry West 78th Street and Washington Avenue. Major construction began in March 2011. Construction continued in spring 2012 with the completion of reconstructing surrounding roads and remaining ramps. MnDOT completed the entire project in November 2012. The 2010 cost of the construction project was $140 million. 
In 2016, exit numbers have started appearing on the Shakopee portion of the freeway section in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area.
A study to convert U.S. 169 to a freeway between U.S. 10 in Elk River to 277th Avenue north of Zimmerman was completed in late 2009. A complete review of the project by MnDOT will occur in 2011. A complete construction schedule and timeline will then by released by MnDOT. Allocation of funds for the project is currently underway and the only thing holding back from starting the project. The project is expected to cost around $178 Million. In the meantime, the 14 miles between U.S. 10 in Elk River to 277th Avenue north of Zimmerman will be resurfaced during the 2012 construction season. The construction will begin in May 2012.
|Faribault||Elmore||0.000||0.000||US 169 south – Algona||Continuation into Iowa|
|I-90 – Fairmont, Albert Lea||I-90 exit 119|
|Winnebago||19.595||31.535||MN 109 east – Wells|
|Blue Earth||Amboy||28.506||45.876||MN 30 east – Mapleton||Southern end of MN 30 overlap|
|28.852||46.433||MN 30 west – St. James||Northern end of MN 30 overlap|
|South Bend Township||47.746||76.840||MN 60 west – Lake Crystal, Sioux City||Southern end of MN 60 overlap|
|CSAH 90 east||Partial interchange; entrances and northbound exit; southbound exit via at-grade left turn|
|50.658||81.526||MN 68 west (Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway) – New Ulm, Campground|
|Mankato||52.057||83.778||—||Frontage Road||South end of expressway section; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|52.941||85.200||—||Riverfront Drive||Former MN 66|
|Nicollet||North Mankato||52.919||85.165||—||Lookout Drive / Center Street||Center Street not signed southbound|
|53.568||86.209||—||North Mankato, Mankato, Downtown||North end of expressway section|
|Mankato–North Mankato line||55.659||89.574||MN 60 east / US 14 – New Ulm, Waseca||Interchange; northern end of MN 60 overlap|
|St. Peter||64.839||104.348||MN 99 west – Nicollet||Southern end of MN 99 overlap|
|64.985||104.583||MN 22 south||Southern end of MN 99 overlap|
|65.954||106.143||MN 99 east (Broadway Avenue) – Le Center||Northern end of MN 99 overlap|
|67.705||108.961||MN 22 north – Gaylord||Northern end of MN 22 overlap|
|Sibley||Henderson Township||76.194||122.622||MN 93 south (Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway) / CSAH 8 west (336th Street) – Le Sueur||Interchange; southern end of MN 93 overlap|
|77.166||124.187||MN 93 north (Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway) – Henderson||Northern end of MN 93 overlap|
|Le Sueur||Le Sueur||78.383||126.145||MN 112 south – Le Sueur||Interchange|
|83.821||134.897||MN 19 – New Prague, Gaylord||Interchange|
|Scott||Belle Plaine||91.855||147.826||MN 25 north (Main Street) / CSAH 64 east||Interchange|
|Jordan||98.201||158.039||MN 282 east to MN 21 north / CSAH 9|
|99.100||159.486||MN 21 south – Jordan, New Prague||MN 21 only signed southbound|
|Jackson Township||105.963||170.531||MN 41 north / CSAH 78 south – Chaska|
CSAH 69 / US 169 Bus. north
|West end of freeway section|
|108.203||174.136||108||CSAH 15 (Marystown Road)|
|109.948||176.944||110||CSAH 17 (Marschall Road)|
|111.691||179.749||112||CSAH 83 (Canterbury Road)|
|113||MN 13 to CSAH 21 – Burnsville||Northbound exit and southbound entrance only|
|114||CSAH 21||No northbound exit; northbound entrance includes direct entrance ramp from Stagecoach Road|
CSAH 101 / US 169 Bus. south to MN 13 – Savage, Shakopee
|Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Bloomington Ferry Bridge; Scott–Hennepin county line|
|Hennepin||Bloomington||116.369||187.278||117||CSAH 1 east (Old Shakopee Road) / Riverview Road||Southern end of CSAH 1 overlap|
|117.121||188.488||—||CSAH 1 west (Pioneer Trail)||Northern end of CSAH 1 overlap|
|118.436||190.604||—||Bloomington Ferry Road, Anderson Lakes Parkway|
|119.969||193.071||—||Washington Avenue, Marth Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|120.023||193.158||—||I-494 / MN 5||I-494 exits 10A-B|
|Bloomington–Edina line||—||78th Street||Southbound exit only|
|Edina||120.971||194.684||—||Valley View Road|
|Edina–Eden Prairie line||122.189–|
|—||MN 62 west (Crosstown Highway) to US 212|
|122.784||197.602||—||Londonderry Road, Bren Road|
|Hopkins–Edina line||123.789||199.219||—||7th Street South|
|Hopkins||124.384||200.177||—||CSAH 3 – Downtown Hopkins|
|125.289||201.633||—||MN 7 – Minneapolis, Excelsior|
|St. Louis Park||125.653||202.219||—||36th Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Minnetonka–St. Louis Park line||126.128||202.983||—||CSAH 5 (Minnetonka Boulevard)|
|126.706||203.914||—||Cedar Lake Road|
|St. Louis Park–Golden Valley line||128.022||206.031||—||I-394 – Minneapolis||I-394 exit 3|
|Plymouth–Golden Valley line||128.417||206.667||—||Betty Crocker Drive, Shelard Parkway|
|128.690||207.106||—||MN 55 – Minneapolis, Buffalo|
|129.369||208.199||—||13th Avenue, Plymouth Avenue|
New Hope tripoint
|130.371||209.812||—||CSAH 70 (Medicine Lake Road)|
|Plymouth–New Hope line||131.376||211.429||—||36th Avenue North|
|132.158||212.688||—||CSAH 9 (Rockford Road)|
|132.891||213.867||—||49th Avenue North|
|Maple Grove–Brooklyn Park line||133.861||215.428||—||CSAH 10 (Bass Lake Road)|
|134.654||216.705||—||63rd Avenue North|
|135.601||218.229||—||I-94 / I-694 / US 52||I-94/694 exits 29A-B|
|136.398||219.511||—||CSAH 130 (77th Avenue North, Brooklyn Boulevard)|
|Brooklyn Park||139.572||224.619||—||CSAH 81 (Bottineau Boulevard) / CSAH 109 (85th Avenue North)|
|138.519||222.925||—||CSAH 30 (93rd Avenue North)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|139.028||223.744||—||MN 610||North end of freeway section|
|Anoka–Champlin Mississippi River Bridge|
|Anoka||Anoka||144.400||232.389||—||US 10 east / MN 47||Southern end of US 10 overlap; south end of freeway section|
|144.923||233.231||—||Main Street, Greenhaven Road||North end of freeway section|
|Ramsey||CSAH 83 (Armstrong Boulevard NW)||Interchange|
|Sherburne||Elk River||155.703||250.580||US 10 west / MN 101 south – Elk River, Rogers||Northern end of US 10 overlap|
|Baldwin Township||170.726||274.757||CSAH 9||Interchange|
|Princeton||174.343||280.578||CSAH 29 north (Rum River Drive)||Interchange|
|Mille Lacs||176.205||283.574||MN 95 – St. Cloud, Princeton||Interchange|
|177.423||285.535||CSAH 29 south (Rum River Drive)||Interchange|
|Milaca||189.035||304.222||MN 23 – Milaca||Interchange|
|Onamia||211.156||339.823||MN 27 west – Pierz||Southern end of MN 27 overlap|
|Cove||213.745||343.989||MN 27 east – Wahkon, Isle||Northern end of MN 27 overlap|
|Crow Wing||Garrison||231.395||372.394||MN 18 west – Deerwood, Brainerd||Southern end of MN 18 overlap|
|Aitkin||Hazelton Township||236.536||380.668||MN 18 east – Malmo||Northern end of MN 18 overlap|
|Aitkin||249.648||401.770||MN 47 south|
|250.159||402.592||MN 210 west – Crosby, Brainerd||Southern end of MN 210 overlap|
|Hassman||258.066||415.317||MN 210 east – McGregor, Duluth||Northern end of MN 210 overlap|
|Hill City||284.599||458.018||MN 200 – Remer, Jacobson|
|Itasca||Grand Rapids||302.803||487.314||US 2 west (NW 4th Street) – Bemidji||Southern end of US 2 overlap|
|303.234||488.008||US 2 east – Duluth||Northern end of US 2 overlap|
|Pengilly||321.160||516.857||MN 65 south||Southern end of MN 65 overlap|
|Nashwauk||323.814||521.128||MN 65 north – Littlefork||Northern end of MN 65 overlap|
|St. Louis||Hibbing||334.057||537.613||MN 73 south – Floodwood|
1st Avenue (US 169 Bus.)
|335.763||540.358||MN 37 east (40th Street) – Eveleth|
Howard Street (US 169 Bus.)
|Chisholm||342.391||551.025||MN 73 north – Chisholm||Interchange; northern end of MN 73 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Mountain Iron||356.922||574.410||CR 102||Interchange|
|Virginia||359.462||578.498||US 53 – Duluth, International Falls||Interchange; national northern end of US 169|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 152–218". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 21, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing — Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 14, 2014.
- Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. pp. 93, 203–226. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
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