Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 23, 2019

I-90 closed west of Alden because of poor driving conditions west of Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn.  (7:30 p.m.)  The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing Interstate 90 at 7:30 p.m., at Alden (exit 146), approximately 8 miles west of Albert Lea, because of deteriorating road conditions west of there.

Road conditions to the west on I-90 are deteriorating and MnDOT has closed the highway to the west. The closure at this point ensures that motorists are not traveling on a highway that is closed and without services near the highway.

Across southeast Minnesota motorists should consider changing their travel plans Saturday night and into Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for many counties in southeast Minnesota. The weather service says the combination of heavy snow and wind gusts to 50 mph could make it deadly if precautions aren’t taken. Heavy snow and winds will result in severe impacts to travel for many motorists tonight into Sunday.

MnDOT snowplow operators will be on the roads but snowfall rates, at times, will far outpace the work of the plows. High winds, especially in unsheltered areas, will result in whiteout conditions and have the potential for heavy drifting.

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 511mn.org

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

To learn more about road conditions, highway construction and other southeast Minnesota MnDOT news, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

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