MnDOT to close Hwy 117 on Wednesday due to rising water levels
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will close Hwy 117, southwest of Wheaton between Hwy 27 and the Minnesota/South Dakota border, at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, April 10, due to flooding and rising water levels on Lake Traverse and the Mustinka River.
The road will remain closed until the water recedes and crews can inspect the roadway for safety.
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.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Big Stone, Pope, Stevens, Swift and Traverse counties, and a winter storm watch for east Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties in west central Minnesota. Heavy snow is possible and/or likely from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.
MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout west central Minnesota as additional precipitation and heavy snow pack continue to melt and water levels rise. Highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map www.511mn.org.