Deterioration under the northbound and southbound Hwy 169 bridge decks over Elm Creek (the Mill Pond) had required MnDOT to place weight limits on both bridges from April 16 to December 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 also is attempting to secure funding for additional repairs, resurfacing and safety improvements on Hwy 169 between East Hayden Lake Rd and Hwy 610. Working on both projects simultaneously would lessen the length of time residents, businesses and commuters would be inconvenienced.
Fall 2017 through Fall 2018
Construction between East Hayden Lake Rd and the Mississippi River
Single lane traffic during construction of crossover lanes to carry traffic during bridge construction
Spring through Fall 2018
Single lane traffic in each direction on Hwy 169 across Elm Creek. Traffic will be switched to the side of the road not being reconstructed
About this project
Summary of work
Hwy 169 between East Hayden Lake Rd (Co Rd 121) and the Mississippi River
(currently funded portion of project work)
Replace the current Elm Creek bridges with new bridges to carry northbound and southbound 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 Road. 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
(currently unfunded portion of project work)
A resurfacing project is being designed for a July 2017 bidding to start construction in the fall of 2017. If funding is not identified, the project will be shelved until 2021. The project includes:
Concrete pavement resurfacing and repairs
ADA upgrades at intersections. Improvements include new crosswalks, pedestrian access and audible pedestrian signals
Extend all northbound Hwy 169 to westbound turn lanes from 230 feet to 500 feet at the following intersections
East Hayden Lake Rd
Build an acceleration lane on southbound Hwy 169 at 120th Ave.
Replace guardrail at pedestrian bridge between 101st and 109th Avenues