- Karen Bedeau
Minnesota Department of Transportation
District 2 Bemidji
3920 Hwy 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601
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Northwest Minnesota flood-related road conditions
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Bemidji, Minn. (10:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol urge motorists to drive with caution as flooding continues to affect area highways in northwest Minnesota.
The following state Hwys are closed until further notice:
- US Hwy 2 Business Loop – Sorlie Bridge from East Grand Forks to Grand Forks. All traffic must use the Kennedy Bridge on U.S. Hwy 2.
- Hwy 75 at Perley
- Hwy 75 at Hendrum
- Hwy 75 on the north end of Climax at the Sand Hill River
- Hwy 75 from the south junction of Hwy 200 to Shelly
- Hwy 220 at the Sand Hill River near Climax
- Hwy 220 from Hwy 1 near Oslo north to Hwy 11
- Hwy 317 from Hwy 220 west to North Dakota Hwy 17
- Louis Murray Bridge in East Grand Forks is closed. Detour/directional signs are in place. Be alert to a four-way stop at US Hwy 2 and Hwy 220.
Highways under watch
- Hwy 1 east of Oslo
Open - use caution
The following state highways are open but with water on the road. Motorists should use extreme caution approaching the following areas:
- Hwy 200 approximately 2 miles east of Laporte.
- Hwy 200 approximately 12 miles east of Mahnomen at Twin Lake Creek
- Hwy 200 approximately 17 miles east of Mahnomen at Roy Lake
- Hwy 310 approximately 5 miles north of Roseau
Every flood is dangerous to motorists.
- Expect the unexpected.
- Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways causing shoulders to give way and clog roads with mudslides and debris.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float most vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
- Do not attempt to drive around barricades.
- Fluctuating water levels make it difficult to predict when and where water will go over or recede from a roadway.
- Motorists are advised to call 5-1-1 or go to www.511mn.org. for road condition information.