ELK RIVER (WJON News) -- The next big phase of the Highway 169 redefine project in Elk River is set to get underway.

Massive bridge beams are arriving this week in preparation for the Main Street Bridge construction. The beams are 112 tons of pre-casted concrete that are seven feet tall and 192 feet long.

Once the beams are placed, then the decking work will begin.

Starting on Sunday night and continuing through mid-August, access at the intersection of Main Street/181st Avenue will close and Zane Street/Line Avenue will close east of Highway 169 in Elk River.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says work will include sanitary sewer, storm sewer, curb work, new sidewalks, and paving.


Drivers should follow road signs along Twin Lakes Road between 179th Street and Line Avenue.

Once the project is finished, it will improve motorist and pedestrian safety, increase capacity, and reduce bottlenecks along the three miles of Highway 169 along that corridor.



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