Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 25, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Southbound Hwy 43 lane closed near Choice because of water damage

ROCHESTER, Minn. (10:30 p.m.) – The southbound lane of Highway 43 north of Choice in Fillmore County has been closed, so crews can repair damage to the roadway from last week’s high water, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The damaged roadway is adjacent to a bridge over a stream near milepost 12.

MnDOT crews will be repairing the road beginning Monday, Sept. 26. Repairs could take two weeks, but the lane will be reopened earlier if the work is completed sooner.

The damaged roadway was the result of significant rain last week across southeastern Minnesota and the ensuing flooding of waterways that occurred. The site of the repair will include signs warning motorists to take turns on the stretch of single lane roadway.

The only current highway closure in southeastern Minnesota is Highway 65 (Main Street) in Albert Lea, which is closed at Katherine Street with a local detour in place.

Rivers and other waterways in the region remain at high levels and motorists should be alert to road conditions and not try to drive through standing water on the roadways unless directed to do so by MnDOT or safety personnel.

Follow MnDOT on Twitter in southeastern Minnesota at www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast for updates. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

MnDOT offers these travels tips when there are flooding conditions:

  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • 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 many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • 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. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply

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