Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 23, 2019

TRAVEL ADVISORY: Hwy 1 through Oslo reopens; Hwy 2B Sorlie Bridge to open at 4 p.m.

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (3:30 p.m.) Highway 1 through Oslo has been reopened and a 5-ton weight limit is in effect. Motorists should slow down and pay attention as water remains over the road surface. Across the border Highway 54 will open at 5 p.m. according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

In East Grand Forks, the Highway 2B Sorlie Bridge over the Red River is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. It has been inspected by the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is safe to open to motorists. As the water receded and exposed the driving surface, MnDOT crews conducted routine maintenance activities in order to take advantage of the closure and not further impact motorists in the near future.

MnDOT crews continue to monitor water levels along with the remaining highway segments that are closed due to flooding. Highways impacted by floods need to be inspected for damage and safety prior to opening.

The highways in northwestern Minnesota that remain closed due to flooding include:

  • Highway 75 south of Noyes
  • Highway 175 Hallock to North Dakota border
  • Highway 220 north of Oslo, between Highway 1 and Highway 11
  • Highway 317 between Highway 220 and North Dakota border

Highways that have been opened:

  • Highway 1 between border with North Dakota and CR 17, mile post 3
  • Highway 2B Sorlie Bridge in East Grand Forks (opens at 4 p.m.)
  • Highway 75 north of Halstad
  • Highway 75 south of Halstad
  • Highway 75 north of Climax

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

  • Highway 1 between border with North Dakota and CR 17, mile post 3
  • Highway 200, between Laporte and Benedict

Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map www.511mn.org. 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.

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