If you have questions about the massive construction project on Hwy. 169 in the west metro scheduled for later this year, then be sure to attend an open house Feb. 10 at Hopkins High School.
Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation will lay out plans for the yearlong construction project that is slated to begin in November and continue through the fall of 2017. The open house will run from 4 to 6 p.m.
The estimated $72 million to $87 million project promises to be a doozy for commuters and comes with a warning from MnDOT that “this work is expected to cause major traffic impacts as a short section of Hwy. 169 will be closed for one year between Bren Road and the exit to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.”
The major piece of the project is the closure of the Nine Mile Creek Bridge. On top of that, lanes will be closed on 6 miles of Hwy. 169 between the Crosstown and Hwy. 55.
MnDOT officials said construction on Hwy. 100 and I-494, the two most likely alternate routes, will be wrapped up before the agency gets to work on Hwy. 169.
Among the pieces of the road project:
•Replacing the bridge over Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins, Minnetonka and Edina.
•Reconstructing more than 6 miles of pavement between Hwy. 55 and just north of Hwy 62.
•Constructing acceleration and deceleration lanes at Cedar Lake Road.
•Possibly removing access to and from southbound Hwy. 169 at 16th Street in St. Louis Park.
•Repairing noise walls.
•Replacing concrete barrier.
•Improving pedestrian accessibility.