Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 9, 2019

Hwy 60 closed for 6 hours to remove trailer between Morristown, Waterville

MORRISTOWN, Minn. —The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing and detouring about 6 miles of Hwy 60 from Morristown to Waterville for approximately six hours beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday night to allow for the safe removal of a trailer that crashed earlier this week during severe winter weather.

The detour for eastbound Hwy 60 traffic is south on Hwy 13, east on Waseca County Road 7, which turns into Rice County Road 16. It rejoins Hwy 60 at Morristown. Westbound detour route is reverse, south on Rice County 16, which turns into Waseca County 7, north on Hwy 13 back to Hwy 60 at Waterville.

The road closure will start at 6 p.m. and last until the trailer is recovered from the ditch. The trailer needs to be unloaded before it can be moved. Hwy 60 has a narrow shoulder on this stretch of road so the wrecker service needs both lanes to work. State Patrol is assisting.

The truck and trailer went into the ditch on Tuesday during a snow storm, and the truck was removed on Wednesday.

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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 stay connected to news and information regarding MnDOT in southeast Minnesota, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at https://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.

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