Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 11, 2018

Highway 2 is now open between Crookston and East Grand Forks

No travel advisory remains in effect

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (12:50 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol reopened Highway 2 between Crookston and East Grand Forks at 12:50 p.m., however it remains under a no travel advisory.

The no travel advisory is still in effect for the northern Red River Valley in the following locations. The western portions of Kittson, Marshall, Norman and Polk counties.

Snowfall has tapered off, but high winds continue to severely limit visibility and motorists should use caution when traveling.

MnDOT reminds motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions. The majority of snowplow crashes take place during “clean up” when motorists resume their normal speeds.

After a storm motorists should:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for their trip.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.