MnDOT advises no travel on Interstate 35 from Iowa border to Hwy 30
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is issuing a no travel advisory Tuesday, Feb. 12 on Interstate 35 from the Iowa border to Hwy 30 at Ellendale, because of poor visibility and drifting conditions.
The advisory will remain in place until conditions improve. MnDOT will announce a change in status via its District 6 Twitter feed: http://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast.
The advisory is in place to because of blowing snow conditions. Wind speeds along the highway were near 25 mph. MnDOT snowplows are on the roads, but conditions are challenging. Motorists may use the road, but MnDOT is advising no travel until conditions improve. Crashes have been reported on I-35, including a jack-knifed semitractor trailer southbound just south of Albert Lea that was blocking traffic at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. 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.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at www.511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
To learn more about MnDOT road conditions, news and activities in southeastern Minnesota, join its Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.
In southeast Minnesota there are 101 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6 plowing 3,774 lane miles. During winter weather events, MnDOT routinely deploys two shifts of drivers in the snowplows, who can keep the snowplowing effort going around the clock by working 12-hour shifts.