Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 11, 2019

Road closures expanded due to flooding in northwest Minnesota

Hwy 75 closure expanded to include north of Climax and Halstad

BEMIDJI, Minn. — (12:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has expanded the road closure on Hwy 75. The road is now closed both north and south of Halstad. The Highway will remain closed until further notice and traffic should seek alternate routes.

Highways that remain closed:

  • Hwy 1 between Oslo and border with North Dakota
  • Business Highway 2 Sorlie Bridge in East Grand Forks
  • Hwy 75 south of Halstad
  • Hwy 75 north of Halstad at mile post 285
  • Hwy 75 north of Climax at mile post 303
  • Hwy 220 north of Oslo, between Hwy 1 and Hwy 11
  • Hwy 317 between Hwy 220 and North Dakota border

Highways that remain open, but currently have water over the road:

  • Hwy 220 south of Oslo at mile post 42

Highways that previously had water over the road, but water level has receded:

  • Hwy 9 south of Ada, south of the Wild Rice River bridge
  • Hwy 92 north of Zerkel, near mile post 71
  • Hwy 200 west of Ada, near mile post 16

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout west central Minnesota as additional precipitation and heavy snow pack continue to melt and water levels rise. Highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map www.511mn.org.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes. For additional updates, ‘like’ MnDOT at www.facebook.com/mndot, and follow @mndot on Twitter.