Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 22, 2014

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MnDOT update on flooded state highways in south central MN


Highway 169 & Highway 22 Mankato to St. Peter may close tonight

Mankato, Minn. – (3:00 p.m.) The Mankato office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to advise no unnecessary travel in areas along the Minnesota River in south central Minnesota.

Highways being MONITORED WITH THE POTENTIAL TO CLOSE TONIGHT

  • Hwy 22 Mankato to St. Peter
  • Hwy 169 from Mankato to St. Peter

Note:  MnDOT officials setting up for closure and detour – watch for signs

Highways CLOSED include:

  • Hwy 19 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
  • Hwy 93 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
  • Hwy 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur (closed June 21 a.m.)
  • Hwy 99 East at St. Peter near Minnesota River Bridge (closed June 22 am)

Highways with RESTRICTIONS or water over roadway include:

  • Hwy 169 St. Peter to Le Sueur – outside northbound lane is closed due to a temporary sand dike (restricted June 20)
  • Hwy 169 Mankato to St. Peter SB one lane (restricted June 22 am)

Highways with recently removed RESTRICTIONS – NOW OPEN

  • Hwy 22 in Gaylord (opened June 20)
  • Hwy 22 between Mankato and St. Peter (re-opened June 20 – currently restricted in SB)
  • Hwy 19 west of Gaylord (opened  June 21)

Statewide flood closures can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/

Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, follow these safe driving practices:

  • Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes.
  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas. 
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely.

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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

For additional updates, ‘like’ MnDOT at www.facebook.com/mndot, follow @mndotscentral on Twitter.

 

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