Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 30, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT update on flooded state highways in south central MN

As flood waters recede damaged roads need repair

Mankato, Minn. – The three remaining sections of flooded state highway in the Minnesota River Valley will need varying types of repair work prior to opening, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Highways CLOSED include:

  • Hwy  19 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
  • Hwy 93 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
  • Hwy 93 from Hwy 169 to LeSueur (closed June 21 a.m.)

Highway 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur is the next likely candidate to open.  The water has receded, the roadway damage assessment is underway and repairs have begun on the shoulders that were washed out.  MnDOT hopes to open Highway 93 to LeSueur later this week.

Highway 93 from Henderson to Highway 169 remains flooded.  Crews have begun clean-up on areas were the water has receded.  This section of highway experienced significant erosion with a lot of debris and trees.  In addition, a section of the pavement and roadbed has washed away.  Water will need to recede before an evaluation can be done.  However, MnDOT is working hard to recover Highway 93 to Henderson as a viable route from Highway 169.

Highway 19 from Henderson to Highway 169 also remains flooded.  The rains and flooding caused significant damage on the hill due to slope failures.  MnDOT is developing potential options for repair and stabilization. The scope of the work and the timeline is uncertain at this time.

MnDOT is using all of its resources to recover the flooded highways.  Experts are being called in to help evaluate and equipment is on standby should additional problems from rains occur.

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

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

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.

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