Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 15, 2019

Hwy 60 reopens at Hwy 61 in Wabasha after high water recedes

WABASHA, Minn. (9:30 a.m.) – Highway 60 near Highway 61 in Wabasha has reopened after water receded from the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The stretch of Highway 60 just north of Highway 61 travels under a railroad bridge. MnDOT has removed the barricades.

The only remaining road among MnDOT’s southeast Minnesota highways still closed by flood waters is Highway 74 between Beaver and Weaver in Winona and Wabasha counties. It’s MnDOT’s only gravel road.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of roadway flooding as rain continues in the region and heavy snow pack melts. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists.

MnDOT cautions motorists:

  • 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.

To find more information from MnDOT about flooding, go to its website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/.

MnDOT will announce the reopening of Highway 60 via Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast. Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.