Community Project Funding: Sherburne County

U.S. 169/4 Interchange: $44 Million

Project Summary:

The U.S. 169 Rural Safety and Mobility Interchange Project will reconstruct approximately one mile of U.S. Highway 169, an existing Principal Arterial roadway, from a rural four-lane undivided highway to a four-lane divided expressway, and construct a grade-separated interchange at County Road 4. This project would improve freight and recreational traffic in Central Minnesota and underserved rural populations.



  • Safety and major congestion issues at the current signal have continued to worsen on US 169 in Elk River.
  • The signal on U.S. 169 and CSAH 4 will be the ONLY remaining signal along the 75 miles stretch of US 169 from Rogers to the Mille Lacs Region.
  • With frequent crashes (1 fatality) reported in the last five years equaled $15.9 million in damages, the highway is the second highest in the state for similar intersections. Both the crash rate (1.72) and crash severity (2.41) are almost four times above state averages for similar intersections.
  • Mile-long backups are common during peak travel times. Drivers often wait through multiple signal cycles before making it through this intersection.


  • Sherburne County – Andrew Witter, Sherburne County Public Works Director/County Engineer

Relevant Documents:

Request Address: 

Andrew J. Witter, P.E., Sherburne County Public Works Director / County Engineer

13880 Business Center Drive NW, Suite 100

Elk River, MN 55330