Mn/DOT answers questions about Hwy. 169 repair work

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It's causing major backups and a lot of questions.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is repairing portions of Highway 169 on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge. It started late last week and its forced traffic to one lane.

Crews are replacing bridge joints and improving drainage.

We asked viewers to post their questions about the project to Facebook and Twitter. KARE 11 then asked those questions of Mn/DOT. Here are some of the questions and answers.

How long will this last?

It will last about a month; so around August 23.

Why do single lanes in both the northbound and southbound lanes of 169?

Mn/DOT says it would not be as safe for construction crews because they would not have as much room to work with at times and it would actually add about eight weeks on to the project.

Instead, the DOT will work on the southbound lanes right now and move to the northbound lanes in two weeks.

"We kind of reduced that down from four weeks by kind of flipping people to one side and then moving them to the other," said Kirsten Klein, Mn/DOT spokesperson.

How long after the construction is finished will it last?

About 20 years, according to Mn/DOT

Does Mn/DOT consult with counties who are doing nearby work on its roadways?

Mn/DOT says they do in hopes of avoiding more delays for drivers, but sometimes they cannot avoid it.

Which routes should we take instead?

"Some of the routes we're suggesting people use is 35W, 41, and highway 101 to get across the river," said Klein.

Visit Mn/DOT's website for more information on Highway 169 construction.

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