Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon now open
Interstate 94 remains closed until 7 a.m.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — (6 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol reopened Highway 10 from Moorhead to Audubon at 6 a.m.
Interstate 94 from Moorhead to Osakis will remain closed until 7 a.m. At that time, the remaining no travel advisories on state and federal highways in the following counties will also be lifted:
- Otter Tail
- Wilkin – Hwy 9 from Breckenridge to Barnesville
- Wilkin – Hwy 75 from Breckenridge to Moorhead
- Wilkin – 210 from Fergus Falls to Wahpeton
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
Although visibility has improved throughout the region, roads are completely snow and ice covered. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and drive according to conditions.
MnDOT also 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.