- Kristine Hernandez
TZD Coordinator/ Public Affairs Team Leader
- Jessica Wiens
Public Affairs Coordinator
- Kristin Kammueller
Community Relations Coordinator
Minnesota Department of
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901
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Icy roads make hazardous driving conditions
ROCHESTER, Minn. - (11:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota due to snow-compacted and icy roads caused by the recent storm, including accumulations of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Westbound Interstate 90 from Albert Lea to the South Dakota border continues to be closed until further notice. Numerous highways are currently single lane throughout the area. No additional closures of interstate highways or other roads are anticipated at this time.
MnDOT crews are doing their part to make highways safe; however, subzero temperatures have restricted the use of chemicals, rendering them ineffective. It is anticipated that ice-covered roads will not improve until mid-week, until temperatures climb higher.
If you must travel, MnDOT reminds motorists to follow safe winter driving practices, including:
- Drive slowly on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
- Use a safe speed for winter driving conditions, regardless of the posted speed limit.
- Keep a safe stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel, your eyes on the road and your attention on your driving.
- If you go into the ditch, do not get out of your vehicle. Call for help.
For updated information about road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.
STAY BACK IS FOR WINTER