Funds coming for Highway 169 13 Jun 13

The federal government is providing nearly $10 million to rebuild portions of Highway 169 between Mankato and St. Peter that suffered flood damage in 2010. A three-mile stretch will be raised out of the 100-year floodplain. Officials say that will allow for future movement of freight on Highway 169 even during severe floods. A total of nearly $40 million is slated to be spent on the highway by the end of 2016. MnDOT was already planning on raising about two miles of low-lying lanes of the highway between St. Peter and Le Sueur next year as part of a $13.2 million resurfacing of nine miles of highway between the two cities. MnDOT also had about $3 million set aside to elevate Highway 22 just east of Highway169 in St. Peter in 2015, another spot that is frequently shut down during floods.