Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 25, 2014

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MnDOT update on flooded state highways in south central MN


Crews working on Highway 169 flood damage

Mankato, Minn. – (1:30 p.m..) Crews from the Mankato office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation are cleaning and repairing ditches along Highway 169 in the Minnesota River Valley where flooding and mudslides damaged the area last week.

One of the southbound lanes on Highway 169 from Le Sueur to St. Peter was closed prior to flooding for construction to raise the road.  The other lane is blocked by crews making repairs. 

One lane of northbound Highway 169 from St. Peter to Le Sueur is closed for the construction of a dike that is currently holding back flood waters that if compromised would allow both directions of Highway 169 to flood.  A secondary dike impacting the other northbound lane was necessary to reinforce the first dike that was nearly over-topped by flood waters.

Weather permitting; MnDOT crews are anticipating opening Highway 169 from St. Peter to Le Sueur on Thursday or Friday.

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)
  • Hwy 169 St. Peter to LeSueur (closed June 22 at 8 p.m.)

NEW Detour route for Highway 169 from St. Peter to LeSueur includes Highway 22, County Road 20, County Road 8.  Visit www.511mn.org for detour map.

Highways NOW OPEN include:

  • Hwy 22 Mankato to St. Peter (opened June 24 at 8 a.m.)
  • Hwy 169 from Mankato to St. Peter (both lanes open) (opened June 24 at 8 a.m.)
  • Hwy 22 in Gaylord (opened June 20)
  • Hwy 19 west of Gaylord (opened  June 21)

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

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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