- Karen Bedeau
MnDOT District 2
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601
Surface water hazard on Hwy 200, east of Laporte
BEMIDJI, Minn.— (8:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation – Northwest District is alerting motorists to a surface water hazard on Highway 200 east of Laporte between Hubbard County Roads 45 and 30.
The moving water over the highway is approximately one to three inches deep which can be hazardous to drivers.
According to Gary Kennedy, MnDOT southeast subarea supervisor, the likely cause is a frozen pipe under the highway which needs to be steamed open.
Although the highway is currently open, motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route if possible. If the condition worsens, the highway will be closed until further notice.
MnDOT crews are out treating frost and snow covered highways and encourages drivers to:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; plan ahead regarding travel time and don’t put your schedule before safety.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. Keep a safe stopping distance from all other vehicles.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
- Headlights on and cruise control off
- Pay attention to your driving with both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone.
For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.