169 and Bren Road Interchange project information

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Updated information on 169 and Bren Road Interchange

Update: May 3, 2012

Final landscaping and miscellaneous finishing work at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway this spring. Please be aware of traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Hwy. 169 overnight single-lane closures set for May 3–4

Single-lane closures of both directions of Hwy. 169 in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will take place overnight, from 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, to 5 a.m. Friday, May 4.

Final project work underway

Work to complete the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway, including bridge staining, installation of permanent traffic striping and landscaping. Please drive safely and be alert to the presence of workers and occasional lane closures.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of May 3, 2012 (PDF)


Street Project: Intersection improvements
Intersection Improvements

Project Start Date

Spring 2011

Project Length

Fall 2011

Project description
  • Preliminary design: Completed
  • Right of way: March 2010 to December 2010
  • Final design: February 2010 to December 2010
  • Project approval: December 2010 to February 2011
  • Construction: April 2011 to November 2011
  • Landscaping: Spring 2012
Comments/questions
Plans

Aerial map (PDF)

Detour map (PDF)

Reports

Public meeting presentation: April 26, 2010 (PDF)

Newsletters

Weekly Update: April 28, 2011 (PDF)

Weekly Update: April 21, 2011 (PDF)

Weekly Update: April 14, 2011 (PDF)

Meeting notices

Notice of public meeting: April 26, 2010 (PDF)

Updates

Update: May 3, 2012

Final landscaping and miscellaneous finishing work at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway this spring. Please be aware of traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Hwy. 169 overnight single-lane closures set for May 3–4

Single-lane closures of both directions of Hwy. 169 in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will take place overnight, from 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, to 5 a.m. Friday, May 4.

Final project work underway

Work to complete the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway, including bridge staining, installation of permanent traffic striping and landscaping. Please drive safely and be alert to the presence of workers and occasional lane closures.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of May 3, 2012 (PDF)


Update: May 1, 2012

Final landscaping and miscellaneous finishing work at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway this spring. Please be aware of traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Hwy. 169 overnight single-lane closures set for May 1–3

Single-lane closures of both directions of Hwy. 169 in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will take place overnights (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.) Tuesday, May 1, to Thursday, May 3. These closures will allow for painting of the Bren Road bridge and will take place weather permitting.

Final project work underway

Work to complete the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway, including bridge staining, installation of permanent traffic striping and landscaping. Please drive safely and be alert to the presence of workers and occasional lane closures.

Please be alert to the presence of worker, and occasional lane closures. Please drive safely.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of May 1, 2012 (PDF)


Update: April 30, 2012

Final landscaping and miscellaneous finishing work at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway this spring. Please be aware of traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Hwy. 169 overnight single-lane closures set for May 1–2

Overnight single-lane closures of Hwy. 169 in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will take place starting the evening of Tuesday, May 1, and continuing into the morning of Wednesday, May 2. A single lane of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed to allow for painting of the Bren Road bridge.

Final project work underway

Work to complete the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway, including bridge staining, installation of permanent traffic striping and landscaping.

Please be alert to the presence of worker, and occasional lane closures. Please drive safely.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 30, 2011 (PDF)


Update: April 5, 2012

Final landscaping and miscellaneous finishing work at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is underway this spring. Please be aware of traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Final project work to start

Work to complete the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange is set to resume the week of April 9, weather permitting. Remaining work items include:

  • Bridge staining
  • Installation of permanent traffic striping
  • Grass seed and sod
  • Plantings

Please be alert to the presence of workers, and occasional lane closures. Please drive safely.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 5, 2011 (PDF)


Update: November 16, 2011

Temporary railing installed on Bren Road bridge
Temporary wood railing has been installed on the Bren Road bridge so the bridge sidewalks can be opened to pedestrian traffic. Permanent ornamental railings will be installed by mid-December.


Update: November 10, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by December 2011, with final landscaping completed in spring 2012. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Weekly updates to end

With the significant portions of the 169Bren interchange project drawing to an end, this will be the last weekly update for the project. As needed, project updates will be posted on the website at www.169bren.com and via Twitter (@169Bren). Weekly updates may resume with the spring 2012 construction season, depending on the anticipated traffic impacts related to remaining work.

Ongoing Items
  • Remaining work to take place in late November, early December
    The last remaining scheduled work for this construction season will take place in late November and early December, and includes turf placement, bridge lighting and ornamental railing installation on the walls and the bridge. Final landscaping will take place in the spring of 2012.
  • Signal system fine tuning continues
    While the signal systems at the new Bren Road bridge are up and running, please note that the timing is being monitored and adjusted by MnDOT over the next few weeks as traffic patterns are re-established. In addition, it will be a few more weeks before all of the lanes on the bridge are open, which also affects signal timing. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. We appreciate your ongoing patience with the signal system.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of November 10, 2011 (PDF)


Update: November 7, 2011 (3:00 p.m.)

Hwy. 169 to close overnight Nov. 8 and 9; ramps available to bypass closure
Both directions of Hwy. 169 at Bren Road in Minnetonka will close overnight Nov. 8 and 9, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists will be directed to use the ramps to and from Bren Road to bypass the closure each night. This closure is necessary to allow crews to remove bridge deck forms and set overhead sign structures.


Update: November 3, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by December 2011, with final landscaping completed in spring 2012. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Traffic Impacts
  • Paving scheduled for Bren Road
    Weather permitting, crews will be paving Bren Road at the end of this week and into the week of Nov. 7 Paving is expected to take four days. Please use caution when driving in the area, and be alert to traffic control changes.
  • Signal system fine tuning continues
    While the signal systems at the new Bren Road bridge are up and running, please note that the timing is being monitored and adjusted by MnDOT over the next few weeks as traffic patterns are re-established. In addition, it will be a few more weeks before all of the lanes on the bridge are open, which also affects signal timing. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. We appreciate your ongoing patience with the signal system.
  • Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169
    Watch for overnight and weekend lane closures on Hwy. 169 through mid-November for the completion of various projects.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of November 3, 2011 (PDF)


Update: November 2, 2011 (3:30 p.m.)

Bren Road loop road to close Nov. 3 for paving
The Bren Road loop road to UnitedHealth Group will close at 7 a.m. Thursday, November 3, for paving. The loop road is expected to re-open by the end of the day November 3.


Update: October 27, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by December 2011, with final landscaping completed in spring 2012. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

You’re invited to a thank you event Wednesday, Nov. 2

Staff from the cities of Minnetonka and Edina, as well as from private companies involved with the 169Bren interchange project, will be at one of four locations Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30 a.m., to hand out a small token of appreciation for your patience and understanding during this project.

Locations include United HealthGroup, Comcast, Minneapolis Mart/Digital River and the Londonderry Shops on Lincoln Drive in Edina. Watch for signs directing you to the event sites. We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks to the businesses of the Londonderry Shops of Edina for participating in this event: D. Brian’s Deli and Catering, Edible Arrangements, Caribou Coffee and Pilgrim Cleaners. (Note: A formal ribboncutting ceremony for the project will be held in the spring, after final landscaping is complete.)

Traffic Impacts
  • Paving scheduled for Bren Road
    Weather permitting, crews will be paving Bren Road the week of October 31. Paving is expected to take four days. Please use caution when driving in the area, and be alert to traffic control changes.
  • Signal system fine tuning continues
    While the signal systems at the new Bren Road bridge are up and running, please note that the timing is being monitored and adjusted by MnDOT over the next few weeks as traffic patterns are re-established. In addition, it will be a few more weeks before all of the lanes on the bridge are open, which also affects signal timing. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. We appreciate your ongoing patience with the signal system.
  • Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169
    Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 through early November for the completion of various projects.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of October 27, 2011 (PDF)


Update: October 19, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Signal system fine tuning continues
    While the signal systems at the new Bren Road bridge are up and running, please note that the timing is being monitored and adjusted by MnDOT over the next few weeks as traffic patterns are re-established. In addition, it will be a few more weeks before all of the lanes on the bridge are open, which also affects signal timing. Construction is expected to continue until the end of November. We appreciate your ongoing patience with the signal system.
  • Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169
    Watch for continuing overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 through the remainder of October and early November for the completion of various projects.
  • Bren Road bridge open
    The Bren Road bridge re-opened the evening of Friday, October 14. Finishing work remains that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures on the bridge, so please continue to use caution, especially when workers are present. Thank you for your patience during this project, and enjoy the new bridge!

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of October 19, 2011 (PDF)


Update: October 14, 2011
Bren Road Bridge open to traffic at 5 p.m. Friday, October 14

The Bren Road bridge will open by 5 p.m. Friday, October 14, with two lanes of traffic in each direction. Finishing work remains that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures on the bridge, so please continue to use caution, especially when workers are present. Thank you for your patience during this project, and enjoy the new bridge!

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.


Update: October 13, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Bren Road bridge
    The Bren Road bridge is scheduled to re-open within the next week to accommodate two lanes of traffic in each direction. Due to the final details involved with traffic signal timing and coordination, the specific notification will be sent via the website (www.169bren.com) and Twitter (@169Bren) immediately prior to the bridge opening to traffic. Finishing work will remain that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures on the bridge, so please continue to use caution.
  • Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169
    Watch for continuing overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 through the remainder of October and early November for the completion of various projects.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of October 13, 2011 (PDF)


Update: October 6, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Permanent highway ramps open
    All of the permanent Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road are now open to traffic, with the exception of the carpool (HOV) lane on the northeast ramp.
  • Signal installation underway
    In preparation for the opening of the Bren Road bridge, signal installation and testing are now underway on the ramps and at intersections.
  • Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169
    Watch for overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 during the week of October 10. These lane closures are necessary to accommodate guardrail installation.
  • Bren Road bridge to re-open in mid-October
    Bridge railings, sidewalks and median are complete, and the bridge is still on schedule for a mid-October opening to traffic. Once the bridge is open, finishing work will remain that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures, so please continue to use caution.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of October 6, 2011 (PDF)


Update: September 29, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Miscellaneous traffic shifts on highway on, off ramps
    Please be aware of traffic shifts on the Highway 169 entrance and exit ramps at Bren Road as permanent pavement is completed.
  • Median work on Londonderry Road
    Median work on Londonderry Road may require intermittent lane shifts or lane closures – please use caution in this area.
  • Signal installation starts soon
    In preparation for the opening of the Bren Road bridge, signal installation will start soon. Signals will not be activated until the bridge re-opens.
  • Daytime closure of Smetana Drive
    Completion of intersection work at Smetana Drive and Bren Road will require intermittent daytime closures of Smetana Drive at Bren Road toward the end of the week of October 3. Closures will be intermittent after 9 a.m., and the road would re-open completely before the afternoon rush hour.
  • Bren Road bridge to re-open in mid-October
    Bridge railings are complete, and the bridge is still on schedule for a mid-October opening to traffic, although finishing work will remain that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of September 29, 2011 (PDF)


Update: September 22, 2011
General Updates

    Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Sept. 26: Bren Road reduced to westbound traffic only, Smetana Drive at Bren Road closed
    For one day only, on Monday, September 26, Bren Road will be restricted to westbound only traffic with no access to Smetana Drive. In addition, motorists traveling southbound on Smetana Drive will have no access to Bren Road. This complete closure is necessary to finish intersection work quickly. Detour signs will be posted.
  • Permanent northwest Hwy. 169 ramp to re-open in early October
    Traffic is expected to return to a permanent northwest Hwy. 169 ramp (exit ramp from southbound Hwy. 169) in early October. In the meantime, motorists may use the temporary ramp.
  • Bridge work continues
    Bridge deck installation was completed last week and work is nearly complete on approach panels. Rails are scheduled for installation by the end of September and sidewalks will be installed at the beginning of October. The bridge is still on schedule for a mid-October opening to traffic, although finishing work will remain that will require periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of September 22, 2011 (PDF)


Update: September 15, 2011
General Updates

    Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Bridge deck installation complete
    The second stage of bridge deck installation is complete. However, a number of items remain to be done before the bridge can be opened to traffic. The bridge is expected to open to traffic by mid-October, although finishing work will remain requiring periodic lane shifts and temporary lane closures.
  • Permanent northeast Hwy. 169 ramp now open
    The new permanent Hwy. 169 ramp on the northeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road (on ramp to northbound Hwy. 169) opened to traffic Monday, September 12. The high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane will remain closed until November, when the ramp signals are installed and operational.
  • Work starts on northwest Hwy. 169 ramp
    Later this week, traffic will be shifted to a temporary northwest Hwy. 169 ramp (exit ramp from southbound Hwy. 169) so construction can start on the permanent ramp.
  • Paving continues on Londonderry Road
    Paving of Londonderry Road is nearly complete, but please continue to be alert to traffic changes in the area. Once paving is done, the permanent southeast Hwy. 169 ramp (exit ramp from northbound Hwy. 169) will be opened to traffic. Until then, motorists can continue to use the temporary ramp.
Looking Ahead
  • Bren Road lane closures
    Late the week of September 19, some lane closures will be necessary on Bren Road to accommodate further construction work.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of September 15, 2011 (PDF)


Update: September 8, 2011
General Updates

    Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Southwest Hwy. 169 ramp now open
    The southwest Hwy. 169 ramp at Bren Road (on ramp to Hwy. 169 southbound) is now open. In order to open the ramp on time, a portion at the top of the ramp remains unpaved and is temporarily a gravel surface. Please use caution at the top of the ramp. Thank you for your patience during this ramp closure.
  • Londonderry Road traffic shift
    Early next week, traffic on Londonderry Road will be shifted from one side to the other so paving can be completed.
Ongoing Items
  • Bridge deck installation underway
    Bridge deck installation started late this week and will take place in two stages. The new bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic by mid-October.
  • Northeast, southeast Hwy. 169 ramps
    The new permanent Hwy. 169 ramps on the northeast and southeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road will re-open once paving on Londonderry Road is finished. In the meantime, the temporary ramps remain open to motorists.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of September 8, 2011 (PDF)


Update: September 7, 2011 (2:00 p.m.)
  • Southwest Hwy. 169 ramp now open
    The southwest Hwy. 169 ramp at Bren Road (on ramp to Hwy. 169 south) is now open. A portion at the top of the ramp remains unpaved and is temporarily a gravel surface. Please use caution at the top of the ramp. Thank you for your patience during this ramp closure.

Update: September 1, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011, with the bridge open to traffic by mid-October. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Project Overview
  • Project reaches peak activity; bridge to open to traffic in mid-October
    The 169Bren interchange project is quickly taking shape and construction activity is at a peak this week. Nearly every contractor and subcontractor involved with the project is working on site on a variety of tasks, including bridge work, signals, concrete and bituminous pavement, roadway excavation, turf and landscaping.
Traffic Impacts
  • Detour map for closure of ramp to southbound highway 169.Southwest Hwy. 169 ramp to re-open September 7
    The southwest Hwy. 169 ramp at Bren Road (on ramp to Hwy. 169 south) has been closed while the current ramp is removed and the replacement ramp built. The ramp is set to re-open Wednesday, September 7. A detour map is attached and detour signs are posted. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Smetana Drive to enter and exit the area. We understand this is a significant inconvenience for motorists in the area, and every effort is being made to ensure construction moves as quickly as possible.
Ongoing Items
  • Bridge deck installation starts September 7
    Bridge deck installation is scheduled to start September 7. The new bridge is scheduled to be open to traffic by mid-October.
  • Northeast, southeast ramps nearly complete
    The permanent Hwy. 169 ramps on the northeast and southeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road are nearly complete.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of September 1, 2011 (PDF)


Update: August 25, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Detour map for closure of ramp to southbound highway 169.Southwest Hwy. 169 ramp closed; re-opening scheduled for September 7
    The southwest Hwy. 169 ramp at Bren Road (on ramp to Hwy. 169 south) is closed for two weeks while the current ramp is removed and the replacement ramp built. The ramp will re-open Wednesday, September 7. A detour map is attached and detour signs are posted. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Smetana Drive to enter and exit the area.

    This full closure is necessary because the southwest ramp does not allow adequate room to safely accommodate vehicles on a temporary ramp during permanent ramp construction. In addition, a full closure allows for faster construction and ensures the entire interchange project will be completed this year.

    We understand this is a significant inconvenience for motorists in the area, and every effort is being made to ensure construction moves as quickly as possible. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
Ongoing Items
  • Bridge girder installation nearly done, decking started
    Nearly three-quarters of the new bridge girders have been placed, and decking installation has begun.
  • Work continues on northeast, southeast Hwy. 169 ramps
    Construction of permanent Hwy. 169 ramps on the northeast and southeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road is expected to be finished by the week of August 29. Traffic has been shifted to temporary pavement during this construction. Please use caution on the ramps and watch for workers.
Fun Feature!

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of August 25, 2011 (PDF)


Update: August 19, 2011 (9:00 a.m.)
  • Northbound Hwy. 169 right lane closed August 19
    The right lane of northbound Hwy. 169 from the Crosstown to 5th St./Lincoln Drive will be closed starting at 9:30 a.m. today, August 19, and will remain closed through early afternoon. This closure is necessary for a repair to an existing structure.

Update: August 18, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Detour map for closure of ramp to southbound highway 169.Southwest Hwy. 169 ramp closed for two weeks starting August 24
    The southwest Hwy. 169 ramp at Bren Road (on ramp to Hwy. 169 south) will be closed for two weeks while the current ramp is removed and the replacement ramp built. This full closure is necessary because the southwest ramp does not allow adequate room to safely accommodate vehicles on a temporary ramp during permanent ramp construction. In addition, a full closure allows for faster construction and ensures the entire interchange project will be completed this year.

    The ramp will be closed starting Wednesday, August 24, and will re-open Wednesday, September 7. A detour map is attached and detour signs will be posted. We understand this will be an inconvenience for motorists in the area, and every effort will be made to ensure construction moves as quickly as possible. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
Ongoing Items
  • Work continues on northeast, southeast Hwy. 169 ramps
    Construction of permanent Hwy. 169 ramps on the northeast and southeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road is expected to be finished by the week of August 29. Traffic has been shifted to temporary pavement during this construction. Please use caution on the ramps and watch for workers.
  • Bridge girders to be installed next week
    Construction of the new Bren Road bridge is continuing on schedule, with piers, abutments and wing walls completed. Girders are expected to be installed the week of August 22. Girder installation will require overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 from Monday, August 22, through Friday, August 26. Please stay alert to traffic changes on Hwy. 169 during this time.
  • Fast project facts
    For the west, east and central pier work on the new Bren Road bridge, workers poured approximately 1,100 cubic yards of concrete; installed 132,000 pounds of steel reinforcements; drove 1,300 feet of steel piling; and installed 2,600 square feet of cut stone finish.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of August 18, 2011 (PDF)


Update: August 11, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Left turns allowed from Bren Road East to Smetana Drive
    Motorists may now make a left turn from Bren Road East to Smetana Drive. Motorists should yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn onto Smetana Drive.

    Left turns from Smetana Drive to Bren Road remain prohibited during reconstruction of the center portion of Bren Road. Motorists unable to take a left from Smetana Drive to Bren Road may take a right turn onto Bren Road West, then follow the posted detour signs for Hwy. 169. This detour will take motorists back to Bren Road East and allow access to the southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp.
Ongoing Items
  • Work underway on northeast, southeast Hwy. 169 ramps
    Work began this week on construction of permanent Hwy. 169 ramps on the northeast and southeast side of Bren/Londonderry Road. Traffic has been shifted to temporary pavement during this construction. Please use caution on the ramps and watch for workers.
  • Bridge construction on schedule
    Construction of the new Bren Road bridge is continuing on schedule. Pile driving is complete, and construction of the center pier and east and west abutments is underway.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of August 11, 2011 (PDF)


Update: August 4, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Special items
  • Pile driving underway
    Pile driving for the east bridge abutment at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange will start this week and is expected to continue through the beginning of next week. The pile driving operations will consist of long days, including weekends, in order to get the work done as quickly as possible.
Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 lane closures
    Lane closures are scheduled to take place on Hwy. 169 this Friday night, August 5, and throughout the day Saturday, August 6, in order to accommodate bridge work. Please stay alert to traffic changes when driving in the area.
Ongoing
  • Turn options limited at Smetana Drive and Bren Road intersection
    To accommodate reconstruction of the center portion of Bren Road, until late-August/early September, Smetana Drive will be right-turn-out, right-turn-in only, with no access to Smetana Drive from Bren Road East (a left turn) or from Smetana Drive to Bren Road (also a left turn). Motorists unable to take a left from Smetana Drive to Bren Road may take a right turn onto Bren Road West, then follow the posted detour signs for Hwy. 169. This detour will take motorists back to Bren Road East and allow access to the southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of August 4, 2011 (PDF)


Update: August 2, 2011 (1:00 p.m.)
  • Pile driving for the east abutment of the new bridge will start this week and is expected to continue through the beginning of the week of August 8. The pile driving operations will consist of long days in order to get the work done as quickly as possible.

Update: July 27, 2011
General Updates

Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Bren Road bridge to be removed July 29

The Bren Road bridge will be removed Friday, July 29. The demolition and debris removal process will require:

  • Detour map for Smetana traffic signal shutdown.A full shutdown of Hwy. 169 in both directions from County Road 62 to Excelsior Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, July 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, August 1. Please see attached detour map. Crews will be working around the clock during this closure to complete work by Monday morning.
  • Partial lane closures on Hwy. 169 from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 29, for preliminary work related to bridge demolition.
  • The Bren Road bridge will be closed for the duration of bridge replacement, starting 7 p.m. Friday, July 29. The replacement bridge is expected to be in service by November 1, 2011.
Additional traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 overnight lane closures scheduled for week of August 1
    Intermittent overnight lane closures on Hwy. 169 in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will take place the week of August 1 as the footings and columns for the new bridge pier are poured. Please exercise caution and be alert to traffic changes when driving in this area.
  • Turn options to be limited at Smetana Drive and Bren Road intersection

    For the next month, so that the center portion of Bren Road can be reconstructed, Smetana Drive will be right-turn-out, right-turn-in only, with no access to Smetana Drive from Bren Road East (a left turn) or from Smetana Drive to Bren Road (also a left turn).

    Once bridge demolition is complete and the Hwy. 169 entrance and exit ramps to Bren Road are re-opened Monday, August 1, motorists will have full access to these ramps. Motorists unable to take a left from Smetana Drive to Bren Road may take a right turn onto Bren Road West instead, then follow the posted detour signs for Hwy. 169. This detour will take motorists back to Bren Road East and allow access to the southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp.

  • Bren Road East traffic shifted to south lanes week of August 1
    Traffic on Bren Road East will be shifted to the south the week of August 1. Please watch for signs and be alert to traffic changes in this area.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of July 28, 2011 (PDF)


Update: July 21, 2011
General Updates

Regular activity on this project resumed as of 7 a.m. Thursday, July 21, after the end of the state government shutdown. Construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Work to begin on the southeast ramp
    Late next week, traffic on the exit ramp from northbound Hwy. 169 to Bren Road will be shifted over to a temporary ramp so work can begin to reconstruct the existing ramp. This work will be coordinated with the reconstruction work currently taking place on Londonderry Road. Please watch for traffic changes in this area.
  • Work continues on Bren Road West and Londonderry Road

    Work continues a section at a time on Bren Road West. As each section is completed, work moves on to a new portion. Curb installation and paving will take place in several areas next week. Please watch for traffic changes on Bren Road West.

    Work continues on the north half of Londonderry Road and is scheduled to be completed next week. Traffic will then be shifted to the north side so work can begin on the south side.

Bridge removal: July 29

The Bren Road bridge is currently scheduled to be removed Friday, July 29. The demolition and debris removal process will require a full shutdown of Hwy. 169 in both directions from County Road 62 to Excelsior Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, July 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, August 1. Crews will be working around the clock during this closure to complete work by Monday morning. A detour map will be available prior to this full closure. A variety of preparation work will be taking place the week of July 25, so please use caution when traveling in the area. The replacement bridge is expected to be complete and in service by November 1, 2011.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of July 21, 2011 (PDF)


Update: July 14, 2011

Due to the state government shutdown, adjustments to the project schedule and traffic control are being made to keep the project moving forward. Currently, work is proceeding outside of MnDOT right-of-way.

While every effort is being made to provide notification ahead of any traffic changes, please be aware that changes may be made with little or no notice.

  • Work continues on Bren Road West
    Work continues a section at a time on Bren Road West. As each section is completed, work moves on to a new portion. Please watch for traffic changes on Bren Road West.
  • Bike path paving planned
    Please watch for brief closures due to paving on the bike path adjacent to Green Circle Drive. Signs will be posted prior to a closure.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of July 14, 2011 (PDF)


Update: July 7, 2011

Due to the state government shutdown, adjustments to the project schedule and traffic control are being made to keep the project moving forward. While every effort is being made to provide notification ahead of any traffic changes, please be aware that changes may be made with little or no notice.

  • Smetana Drive signal to be removed July 8
    Detour map for Smetana traffic signal shutdown. Early in the morning of Friday, July 8, the signal system at Smetana Drive will be removed in order to alleviate traffic congestion during construction. Smetana Drive will become a right-in and right-out only road, with the left turn from southbound Smetana Drive to eastbound Bren Road no longer available. Please see the attached detour map for information on navigating this area during the traffic signal shutdown Smetana detour map.
  • Bike path paving planned
    Please watch for brief closures due to paving on the bike path adjacent to Green Circle Drive. Signs will be posted prior to a closure.

Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of July 7, 2011 (PDF)


Update: June 30, 2011 (2:00 p.m.)
Traffic Impacts
  • Bren Road E (Smetana Drive to 169) reduced to one lane
    In preparation for the government shutdown that will likely occur on July 1, it was necessary to reduce Bren Road E. from Smetana Drive to Hwy 169 to one lane in order to provide alternative work areas for the contractor. Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Update: June 30, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • MnDOT responds to city’s request to continue project in event of a state shutdown

    On June 29, the city received a letter from MnDOT in response to a city request that the 169/Bren Road interchange project continue in the event of a state government shutdown. In the letter, MnDOT repeated its message that the project will be stopped in event of a state shutdown.

    The response is obviously disappointing, since the city continues to believe there are no real financial, engineering or administrative reasons why this important project should not proceed, with or without a state shutdown.

    The city remains hopeful that the governor and legislature will reach an agreement to avert a shutdown, and will continue to evaluate options on a day-by-day basis, with a primary focus on how best to minimize any unnecessary additional expense to taxpayers.

    Please continue to check www.169bren.com for further updates regarding this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of June 30, 2011 (PDF)


Update: June 23, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Intermittent lane closures on Hwy. 169
    A few intermittent overnight lane closures are planned on Hwy. 169 in the upcoming week. All closures are from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive. Please be alert and use caution when driving in the area.
  • Bridge removal delayed
    Given the uncertainty related to the possible effects of a state government shutdown on this project, the Bren Road bridge demolition has been delayed from its original date of June 24. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Please see attached information from the city of Minnetonka regarding the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange project and the possible state government shutdown.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of June 23, 2011 (PDF)


Update: June 21, 2011 (1:30 p.m.)
Traffic Impacts
  • Tonight’s Hwy. 169 lane closures rescheduled for June 22–23
    Due to predicted rain for the evening of June 21, Hwy. 169 lane closures that were rescheduled for June 21–22 have been rescheduled to June 22–23. The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, through 5 a.m. Thursday, June 23, to complete shoulder widening at Bren Road. This lane closure is effective from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.

Update: June 20, 2011 (1:30 p.m.)
Traffic Impacts
  • Tonight’s Hwy. 169 lane closures rescheduled for June 21–22
    Due to predicted rain for tonight, Hwy. 169 lane closures that were rescheduled for June 20–21 have been rescheduled to June 21-22. The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, through 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, to complete shoulder widening at Bren Road. This lane closure is effective from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.

Update: June 20, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 lane closure June 20, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
    The left lane of northbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 20. This closure is in effect from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.
  • All Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road now open
    The northbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road opened Saturday, June 18. All Hwy. 169 entrance and exit ramps to and from Bren Road are now open.
  • Hwy. 169 lane closures rescheduled for June 20–21
    Due to heavy rain, Hwy. 169 lane closures that were scheduled for the weekend of June 17–20 have been rescheduled. The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, to complete shoulder widening at Bren Road. This lane closure is effective from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.
  • Hwy. 169 closed June 24–27 for bridge removal
    From 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 27, Hwy. 169 will be completely closed to traffic from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive for the removal of the Bren Road bridge. A detour map will be available later this week.

Update: June 14, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 lanes closed overnight June 15–16
    The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive will be closed from 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, through 5 a.m. Thursday, June 16. This closure is necessary for shoulder widening at Bren Road.
  • Right lane of southbound Hwy. 169 closed overnight June 16–17
    The right lane of southbound Hwy. 169 from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, through 5 a.m. Friday, June 17. This closure is necessary to remove an overhead sign at Bren Road.

Update: June 16, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 lane closure June 17–20
    The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 20. This closure is necessary for shoulder widening.

Update: June 16, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange are expected to be complete by November 2011. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone. Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp now open
    The southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road (the southwest ramp) opened the afternoon of June 15, ahead of schedule.
  • Northbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road closed until June 20
    Detour map for 169 and Bren south ramp closures. The northbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road (the southeast ramp) remains closed through 6 a.m. Monday, June 20. See the South Ramps detour map.
  • Hwy. 169 lane closures
    A number of overnight lane closures will take place on Hwy. 169 in the upcoming week, as follows. All closures are from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive.
    • June 15–16: The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 7 p.m. June 15, through 5 a.m. Thursday, June 16.
    • June 16–17: The right and left lanes of southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, through 5 a.m. Friday, June 17, for removal of an overhead sign at Bren Road.
    • June 20–21: The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 21.
Bridge removal: June 24

The Bren Road bridge is currently scheduled to be removed Friday, June 24. The demolition and debris removal process will require a full shutdown of Hwy. 169 in both directions from County Road 62 to Excelsior Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, through 5 a.m. Monday, June 27. Crews will be working around the clock during this closure to complete work by Monday morning. A detour map will be available prior to this full closure. A variety of preparation work will be taking place the week of June 20, so please use caution when traveling in the area. The replacement bridge is expected to be complete and in service by October 1, 2011.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of June 16, 2011 (PDF)


Update: June 10, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 lanes closed overnight June 13–14
    The right lanes of both northbound and southbound Hwy. 169 from County Road 62 to 5th Street/Lincoln Drive will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, through 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 14. This closure is necessary to remove concrete barrier and install barrels in preparation for shoulder widening.

Update: June 9, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, as well as intermittent ramp lane closures. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.

Traffic Impacts
  • Ramps north of the Bren Road bridge now open
    The northbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road and southbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road (both north of the Bren Road bridge) are now open.
  • Southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road closed until June 16
    Detour map for 169 and Bren south ramp closures. The southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road (the southwest ramp) closed at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 9, and will remain closed through 6 a.m. Thursday, June 16. See the South Ramps detour map.
  • Northbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road closes June 13
    The northbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road (the southeast ramp) will close at 6 a.m. June 13, and will remain closed through 6 a.m. Monday, June 20. See the South Ramps detour map.
  • Hwy. 169 lane closures scheduled for mid-June
    Temporary widening of Hwy. 169 in both directions in the vicinity of the Bren Road bridge will require lane closures in each direction overnight and on the weekends in mid-June. Please watch for more specific lane closure dates, and use caution when driving in the area.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of June 9, 2011 (PDF)


Update: June 8, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Ramps north of the Bren Road bridge now open
    The northbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road and southbound Hwy. 169 exit ramp to Bren Road (both north of the Bren Road bridge) are now open.
  • Southbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road closes June 9
    The southbound Hwy. 169 entrance ramp from Bren Road (the southwest ramp) closes at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 9, and will remain closed through 6 a.m. Thursday, June 16. to Bren Road was originally slated to close for seven days starting June 11. This closure has been delayed to June 13, re-opening June 20.

Update: June 6, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road to re-open June 7
    The southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road, which closed June 2, is on schedule to re-open by 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, and may possibly re-open earlier.
  • Southbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road closes June 9
    The southbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road will be closed for seven days starting June 9 and re-opening June 16.
  • Northbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road closure delayed to June 13
    The northbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road was originally slated to close for seven days starting June 11. This closure has been delayed to June 13, re-opening June 20.

Update: June 2, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, as well as intermittent ramp lane closures. Bridge removal and replacement is anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.

Traffic Impacts
  • Westbound Londonderry Road reduced to one lane
    Until mid-June, westbound Londonderry Road is reduced to one lane from Lincoln Drive to the entrance ramp to northbound Hwy. 169 (this entrance ramp will be closed from June 2–9).
  • Complete closure of north ramps underway
    Detour map for 169 and Bren north ramp closures. On June 2, the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road closed for seven days (re-opening June 9). The southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road closed May 31, and will re-open June 7. See the North Ramps detour map.
  • Complete closure of south ramps starts June 9
    Detour map for 169 and Bren south ramp closures. A seven-day, complete closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps south of the bridge that lead to and from Bren Road will start Thursday, June 9. First, on June 9, the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road will be closed for seven days, re-opening June 16. Then, on June 11, the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road will be closed for seven days, re-opening June 18. This staggered closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps will help facilitate construction activity. See the South Ramps detour map.
  • Bridge removal scheduled for the end of June
    Demolition of the Bren Road bridge over Hwy. 169 is currently planned for the end of June. Specific dates will be provided within the next few weeks as they are dependent on weather. Detours for the 90-day period of bridge replacement will be posted. Bridge replacement is scheduled to be done by October 1.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Maps: Week of June 2, 2011 (PDF)


Update: May 31, 2011
  • Right turn lane on westbound Londonderry to close May 31
    The afternoon of Tuesday, May 31, barriers will be placed on westbound Londonderry Road, reducing it to one lane from Lincoln Drive to the entrance ramp to northbound Hwy. 169 (this entrance ramp will be closed from June 2–9). Barriers are being placed for wall construction in the area. This lane closure is expected to last about two weeks.

Update: May 26, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, as well as intermittent ramp lane closures. Bridge removal and replacement is anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.

Traffic Impacts
  • Green Oak Drive re-opens May 27
    Green Oak Drive will re-open to traffic on Friday, May 27. The Bren Road Connection, which connects Bren Road East and Bren Road West, will re-open in early June.
  • Bren Road West traffic shift
    Due to recent heavy rains, the traffic shift from the north to the south side of Bren Road West will be delayed slightly to early June. Please remain alert to traffic conditions when driving in this area.
  • Right turn lane on westbound Londonderry to close
    Later this week, barriers will be placed on westbound Londonderry Road. The right turn lane leading to the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp will be reduced. Barriers are being placed for wall construction in the area.
  • Complete ramp closure starts Tuesday, May 31
    Detour map for 169 and Bren. A seven-day, complete closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps north of the bridge that lead to and from Bren Road will start Tuesday, May 31. First, on May 31, the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road will be closed for seven days (re-opening June 7). Then, on June 2, the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road will be closed for seven days (re-opening June 9). This staggered closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps north of the bridge will help facilitate construction activity. A detour map is attached to this update.
  • Bridge removal scheduled for the end of June
    Demolition of the Bren Road bridge over Hwy. 169 is currently planned for the end of June. Specific dates will be provided within the next few weeks as they are dependent on weather. Detours for the 90-day period of bridge replacement will be posted. Bridge replacement is scheduled to be done by October 1.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of May 26, 2011 (PDF)


Update: May 19, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, as well as intermittent ramp lane closures. Bridge removal and replacement is anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.

Traffic Impacts
  • Green Oak Drive, Bren Road Connection to re-open May 27
    Green Oak Drive will re-open to traffic on Friday, May 27, as will the Bren Road Connection, which connects Bren Road East and Bren Road West.
  • Bren Road West traffic shift
    Work is nearly complete on the south side of Bren Road West. By later in the week of May 23, traffic will be shifted from the north to the south side of Bren Road West so that work can start on the north side of the road.
  • Complete ramp closure starts Tuesday, May 31
    Detour map for 169 and Bren. A seven-day, complete closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps north of the bridge that lead to and from Bren Road will start Tuesday, May 31. First, on May 31, the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road will be closed for seven days (re-opening June 7). Then, on June 2, the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road will be closed for seven days (re-opening June 9). This staggered closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps north of the bridge will help facilitate construction activity. A detour map is attached to this update.
  • Bridge removal scheduled for the end of June
    Demolition of the Bren Road bridge over Hwy. 169 is currently planned for the end of June. Specific dates will be provided within the next few weeks as they are dependent on weather. Detours for the 90-day period of bridge replacement will be posted. Bridge replacement is scheduled to be done by October 1.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of May 19, 2011 (PDF)


Update: May 12, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, as well as intermittent ramp lane closures. Bridge removal and replacement is anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Frequent traffic changes are anticipated throughout the project.

Traffic Impacts
  • Bren Road Connection closes May 12
    Bren Road Connection, the connector road between Bren Road West and Bren Road East that runs adjacent to the Marriott Hotel, will be closed until further notice starting May 12. This closure is necessary to ensure motorist safety in the area.
  • Green Oak Drive closes for 15 days starting May 16
    Green Oak Drive will close for a 15-day period starting Monday, May 16. During this time, traffic will be detoured down Opus Parkway.
  • Complete ramp closure delayed
    A seven-day, complete closure of the Hwy. 169 ramps north of the bridge that lead to and from Bren Road has been delayed from its original start date of May 16 due to weather. Once a new closure date is determined, notice will be provided at least a week in advance.
  • Utility, road work on Bren Road West continues
    A variety of utility and road work on Bren Road West continues. Paving is slated to take place in late May.
  • Know the area? Use Shady Oak Road to avoid construction traffic!
    Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of May 12, 2011 (PDF)


Update: May 5, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, with bridge removal and replacement anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1.

Traffic Impacts
  • Intermittent ramp lane closures
    Lane closures on the Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road will happen intermittently throughout the duration of this project. Ramps will remain open during these lane closures.
  • Complete ramp closure tentatively scheduled for week of May 16
    Detour map for 169 and Bren. A seven-day, complete closure of the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road and the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road (ramps north of the bridge) is tentatively scheduled to take place starting the week of May 16. During this time, the northbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road and the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp from Bren Road (ramps south of the bridge) will remain open. Please see ramp closure detour map for travel routes.
  • Green Oak Drive closure tentatively scheduled for mid-May
    Green Oak Drive is tentatively scheduled to close for a 15-day period in mid-May. During this time, traffic will be detoured down Opus Parkway. A definite date and time will be provided prior to the closing of the road so motorists can be prepared.
  • Know the area? Use Shady Oak Road to avoid construction traffic!
    Motorists familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road to avoid the construction zone.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists should be aware of frequent traffic control changes and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update and Detour Map: Week of May 5, 2011 (PDF)


Update: May 3, 2011
  • Left lane of southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road closed
    The left lane on the southbound Hwy. 169 ramp to Bren Road is closed for about two weeks while temporary ramp construction is underway. This closure is necessary for the safety of both workers and motorists.

Update: April 28, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, with bridge removal and replacement anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1.

Traffic Impacts
  • Green Oak Drive closure delayed to mid-May
    Due to expected unfavorable weather conditions, the 15-day closure of Green Oak Drive (planned for April 28-May 13) has been delayed. A new closure date has not yet been determined, but will most likely occur in mid-May.
  • Utility, road work on Bren Road West
    The installation of storm sewer pipes on Bren Road West continues. Motorists in the area should be aware of brief delays on Bren Road West due to this work. In addition, work is underway on permanent widening along the south side of Bren Road West. Traffic has been shifted to the temporary pavement on the north side of the road during this work.
  • Know the area? Use Shady Oak Road to avoid construction traffic!
    Motorists who are familiar with the area are encouraged to use Shady Oak Road as an excellent option to avoid the construction zone during work at Hwy. 169 and Bren Road.
Special Items
  • Retaining wall
    Construction is underway on a large retaining wall adjacent to UnitedHealth Group headquarters, along Bren Road East. A temporary outside lane closure will be in place during portions of the retaining wall work.
Future Plans
  • Ramp closures
    Grading is already underway for temporary Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road. In early- to mid-May, the Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road will be closed intermittently for placement of temporary pavement. The ramps leading to southbound Hwy. 169 and from northbound Hwy. 169 will be closed first. The ramps leading to northbound Hwy. 169 and from southbound Hwy. 169 will remain open during this work to maintain access to Bren Road.
Drive Safely…

Please exercise caution and drive safely throughout the duration of the construction. Motorists in the area should be aware of frequent changes to traffic control and be alert to the presence of workers. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated by all those involved with this project.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 28, 2011 (PDF)


Update: April 27, 2011
  • Green Oak Drive closure delayed
    Due to expected unfavorable weather conditions, the 15-day closure of Green Oak Drive (planned for April 28-May 13) has been delayed. A new closure date has not yet been determined, but will most likely occur in mid-May.

Update: April 26, 2011
  • Green Oak Drive to close for 15 days starting April 28
    Green Oak Drive will be closed Thursday, April 28, at 7 a.m. and will remain closed until the morning of Friday, May 13. Traffic will be detoured down Opus Parkway. After May 13, traffic will be shifted back to the newly constructed section of Green Oak Drive so the north half of the road can be completed.

Update: April 21, 2011
General Updates

The construction activities at the Hwy. 169 and Bren Road interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, with bridge removal and replacement anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. The information below applies to activities planned for April 21–28, 2011.

Traffic Impacts
  • Utility work on Bren Road West
    The installation of storm sewer pipes on Bren Road West continues. Motorists in the area should be aware of brief delays on Bren Road West due to this work.
  • Widening of Bren Road West: Smetana Drive to Green Circle Drive
    Work continues on the temporary widening of the north side of Bren Road West from Smetana Drive to Green Circle Drive. Once widening is complete, traffic will be shifted to the temporary pavement. The traffic shift is anticipated to occur early the week of April 25 so permanent road work can begin along the south side of Bren Road West.
Special Items
  • Retaining wall
    Construction starts soon on a large retaining wall adjacent to UnitedHealth Group headquarters, along Bren Road East. A temporary outside lane closure will be in place while temporary concrete barrier is installed to protect the wall construction area.
  • Grading for temporary ramps Crews will begin grading for temporary Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road.
  • Pothole repair City crews have been working on repairing potholes in the area.
Future Plans
  • Ramp closures
    In early May, the Hwy. 169 ramps to and from Bren Road will be closed intermittently for placement of temporary pavement. Two ramps will remain open during this work to maintain access to Bren Road.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 21, 2011 (PDF)


Update: April 20, 2011
  • 3:40 p.m. update
    The southbound Hwy. 169 exit to Bren Road is now fully open. All gas main repairs are complete.

Update: April 20, 2011
  • 12 p.m. update
    The southbound Hwy. 169 exit to Bren Road is now open, although reduced to one lane as CenterPoint Energy completes repairs on the broken gas main.

Update: April 20, 2011
  • 9 a.m. update
    A gas main was broken during work this morning. Emergency crews are on the scene and working to fix the gas main. The southbound Hwy. 169 exit to Bren Road is closed. Please use alternate route.

Update: April 19, 2011
  • 2:30 p.m. update
    Bren Road West between Smetana Drive and Green Circle Drive will be closed tonight, Tuesday, April 19, starting at 10 p.m., for storm sewer work. A detour will be posted to Smetana Drive and Green Circle Drive to maintain traffic during this closure. Bren Road West will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 20.

Update: April 19, 2011
  • Utility work on Bren Road West (updated)
    Bren Road West has been reduced to one lane between Smetana Drive and Green Oak Drive as storm sewer pipes are installed and the road is temporarily widened in preparation for upcoming traffic shifts. Due to this work, motorists in the area should be aware of brief delays both during the day and overnight.

Update: April 14, 2011
General Updates

Work is underway on the interchange project at Hwy. 169 and Bren Road in Minnetonka. The construction activities at the interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, with bridge removal and replacement anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Frequent traffic changes are anticipated as construction activities progress.

Traffic Impacts
  • UnitedHealth Group Loop Access Road to close April 14
    The UnitedHealth Group loop access road, located off Bren Road West, will close after evening rush hour Thursday, April 14, and will remain closed until August 1, 2011. This closure is necessary to allow for safe traffic flow during work on Bren Road.
  • Utility work on Bren Road West
    Work begins the week of April 18 to install storm sewer pipes on Bren Road West. Motorists in the area should be aware of brief overnight delays on Bren Road West due to this work.
Future Plans
  • Widening of Bren Road West: Smetana Road to Green Circle Drive
    Toward the end of the week of April 18, work will begin on temporary widening of the north side of Bren Road West from Smetana Road to Green Circle Drive. This will help maintain the flow of traffic in coming weeks as Smetana Road and Green Circle Drive are affected by construction.
  • Weekly Updates Look for project updates on Thursdays of each week, with additional updates occurring as needed.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 14, 2011 (PDF)


Update: April 13, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • UnitedHealth Group Loop Access Road to close April 14
    The UnitedHealth Group loop access road, located off Bren Road West, will close after evening rush hour Thursday, April 14, and will remain closed until August 1, 2011. This closure is necessary to allow for safe traffic flow during road work on Bren Road.

Update: April 12, 2011
General Updates

Work begins this week on the interchange project at Hwy. 169 and Bren Road in Minnetonka. The construction activities at the interchange, expected to be complete by November 2011, will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps, with bridge removal and replacement anticipated to start in June and be completed by October 1. Once construction starts, frequent traffic changes are anticipated as construction activities progress.

Traffic Impacts
  • Hwy. 169 Nighttime Lane Closures: April 13–14
    Hwy. 169 between the Crosstown (Hwy. 62) and 5th St./Lincoln Drive will be reduced to one lane northbound and southbound overnight, from 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, through 5 a.m. Thursday, April 14. These closures will allow for placement of concrete barriers along the outside lanes, in preparation for work on the ramps.
Special Items
  • Tree Removal
    Some tree removal work is scheduled to begin this week. Landscaping plans are currently being developed and include tree plantings and boulevard plantings. Project landscaping will begin in the fall and be finished in spring 2012.
  • Silt Fence/Tree Protection
    In preparation for construction, silt fence and tree protection barriers are being placed this week.
Future Plans
  • Road construction begins
    Work begins the week of April 18 on the west end of Bren Road.
  • Weekly Updates Look for project updates on Thursdays of each week, with additional updates occurring as needed.

Hwy. 169 and Bren Road Update: Week of April 11, 2011 (PDF)


Update: March 31, 2011

Logo: @169Bren

The city of Minnetonka, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, is making improvements to the bridge and intersection at Hwy. 169 and Bren Road in Minnetonka. These improvements are taking place from spring to late fall of 2011. Construction activities will require short-term closures of the roadways and ramps. Construction activities related to the bridge removal and replacement are expected to start in June and be completed in the fall. All roadways and bridge construction will be complete by November 2011, with landscaping completed in the spring of 2012.

  • Start construction: April 11, 2011
  • Close bridge: June 2011
  • Bridge open to traffic: September 2011
  • Final completion: November 2011

Have a Twitter account? Get updates on this project by following @169Bren.

Have questions? Email 169bren@eminnetonka.com or call 952.908.7099.


Update: March 21, 2011
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Detour map for 169 and Bren.

View printable detour map


Update: March 4, 2011

The roadway construction for the Bren Road TH 169 interchange project is nearing. The start up of field activities is anticipated to be in mid April. The project is currently being advertised for bids from contractors with a bid opening date of March 9 and a city council council action anticipated on March 28.

The private utilities (Xcel Energy and Quest) are in the final stages of relocating their utility cables that are in conflict with the proposed roadway. The utility work should be finished in early to mid April.

Once construction starts, frequent traffic changes are anticipated to occur as construction activities progress. In April and May it is anticipated construction activities will include storm sewer and roadway reconstruction on Bren Road West and construction of temporary ramps at TH 169. The construction activities will require short term closures of the roadways and ramps. Construction activities related to the bridge removal and replacement are anticipated to start in June and be completed in the fall. All roadway and bridge construction will be complete by November, 2011 and the landscaping will be completed in the spring of 2012.

Construction scheduling is a fluid and is highly dependent on weather conditions and scheduling of the contractors. The contract has provisions to help minimize the disruption to the public by placing some restrictions on length of specific closures and required completion dates. Additionally, incentives and disincentives are in place to help manage the construction schedule.

We will be facilitating a comprehensive communication plan to inform the public of construction activities, roadway closures, and detour routes. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


Update: February 2, 2011

Schedule update (dates are tentative):

Advertise for bids
February 4, 2011
Bid opening
March 9, 2011
Award project
March 28, 2011
Start construction
April 11, 2011
Close bridge
June 2011
Bridge open to traffic
September 2011
Final completion
November 2011

Update: September 17, 2010

Construction plan preparation is nearing completion. Final plans are being submitted to MN/DOT final review and approval.

The city’s consultant is working with the private utility companies (power, communications, and gas) to identify construction conflicts. Survey crews have been staking portions of the project to field identify locations to relocate the utilities to minimize conflicts during construction. Utility relocating will begin in late September of this year. A majority of the new facilities will be installed by mid December, however switching services to new lines may take up to six months.

Alternative contracting methods, as well as accelerated construction methods, are being explored to minimize the extent of the bridge closure and associated ramp and approach roadway disruptions. The city is working with Mn/DOT refining the options for methods to expedite the construction process, associated cost implications, and alternative contract language to facilitate expediting the construction schedule.

The property acquisition process is continuing. Formal offers were presented to the owners in early August. Discussions with effected property owners are continuing regarding the offers.


Update: July 15, 2010

The preliminary design has been completed, and Mn/DOT approved the layout in June. The final design focuses on finalizing the drainage systems and preliminary bridge plans.

The trail alignment along the north side of Bren Road West at Green Circle Drive has been realigned further north of the intersection to provide better visibility of trail patrons to passing motorists.

Construction staging and scheduling are being refined. Options are being looked at to expedite the construction time frame and minimize disruption to traffic.

A few additional soil borings will be taken in the next month to finalize the soils report for roadway and bridge design.

The property acquisition process is continuing to move forward, and formal offers will be presented to the property owners in early August. Property acquisitions are anticipated to be completed in early January 2011.


Update: June 9, 2010
Overview

The information provided on this page is related to the improvements contemplated for the intersection and bridge generally located at 169 and Bren Road. The project is being led by the city of Minnetonka in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The improvements will occur generally from the spring until late fall of 2011.


Update: May 28, 2010

The city has reviewed the comments received at the public open house held in April, 2010. The city has decided to extend the sidewalk on the south side of Bren Road from Smetana Drive and Lincoln Drive to better accommodate pedestrians. Also there were several questions regarding public bus routes and relocation of the drop-off and pick-up locations. The city is discussing bus route options with Metro Transit.

The property acquisition process is continuing to move forward. The city’s representative is meeting with the property owners to review the project limits and discuss project improvements that will occur on their properties. The property acquisition is on track to be completed by December 2010.

The preliminary design has been completed and we anticipate Mn/DOT approval in early June. The final design is focusing on finalizing the drainage systems, ponds, signals, and retaining walls for the project.


Update: May 4, 2010

On Monday, April 26, 2010, the City held public open houses for both local business owners and residents. These meetings provided information regarding roadway design, property acquisition, construction scheduling, temporary construction closures, and anticipated detours. View a presentation from the open house with information regarding details of the project concept.

The property acquisition process is currently underway. The City has met with property owners to define the limits of the property acquisition and schedule. The property appraisals are being conducted and the offers will be presented to the owners in late May or early June. The property acquisition should be completed by December 2010.

The preliminary design is completed and is anticipated to receive Mn/DOT approval in late May or early June. The design is currently focusing on bridge, retaining walls, storm sewer, and construction plans which will be about 60 percent complete by the end of May.


Update: April 7, 2010

The roadway design and construction planning are close to completion and will be presented at an open house on Monday, April 26, 2010. This meeting will provide information regarding roadway design, temporary construction closures and detours. This meeting will be held at the Marriott Hotel. Formal notices will be distributed in the next week.

Any property needed for the project has been determined and property owners will be contacted during the month of April. Appraisals for the required property acquisitions will be occurring over the next two to three months, with the process being finalized by November, 2010.

The design team is currently working on the preliminary bridge plans, storm water management plan, roadway grades, and retaining walls for the project. The remaining soil borings off of the roadway which could not be obtained during the winter will be completed in April. Final design will continue and is scheduled to be completed by September of 2010.


Update: March 15, 2010
Schedule update: March 15, 2010

The design has proceeded to a point where construction limits have been established and easement and right of way limits have been identified. The next step in the right of way process will be to meet with the affected property owners and begin appraising the value of the acquisitions which will be occurring over the next two to three months.

A majority of the soil borings have been completed; however, some additional borings will be drilled early spring in areas inaccessible in the winter. The bridge foundation and pavement recommendation will be completed in March. We are currently working on finalizing the roadway grades and construction sequencing which will be presented at an open house meeting in April. Final design will continue with final 95% design plans scheduled to be completed by September this year.

  • Preliminary design: Completed
  • Right of way: March 2010 to December 2010
  • Final design: February 2010 to December 2010
  • Project approval: December 2010 to February 2011
  • Construction: April 2011 to November 2011
  • Landscaping: Spring 2012

Update: January 15, 2010
January 7-February 5, 2010

AET Engineering is currently performing subsurface exploration for the TH 169/ Bren Road Interchange Improvements. The first phase of the soils borings started on January 7, 2010 and should be completed prior to February 5, 2010 weather permitting. The first phase of soil borings will be concentrating on the bridge and existing roadway areas. The second phase of borings will commence once the snow has melted in late March or early April. The second phase of borings will concentrating on the areas outside of the paved surfaces that can not currently be reached do to snow and, take around 2 weeks to complete. 

In order to complete the soil borings for the bridge pier on TH 169, the inside lanes on both side of TH 169 will be temporarily closed thereby reducing TH 169 to one lane of traffic in each direction. This work is currently planned on weekend nights during non peak travel times either January 16th to 17th and/or January 23-24 weather dependant. Also during the weekend evening lane closures on TH 169, there will be individual ramp closures for soil borings within the existing ramp pavement areas. Traffic control signage will be in place redirecting traffic around the individual weekend evening ramp closures. 


Update: June 23, 2011
Traffic Impacts
  • Bridge removal delayed
    Given the uncertainty related to the possible effects of a state government shutdown on this project, the Bren Road bridge demolition has been delayed from its original date of June 24. More information will be provided as it becomes available.