Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 24, 2018

MnDOT advises no travel in portions of southcentral and southwest Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. — (5:50 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in the following southcentral and southwest Minnesota counties this morning: Cottonwood, Jackson, Martin, Watonwan, and Faribault. Heavy snow and high winds are creating limited visibility, and motorists are advised not to travel in these counties until conditions improve.

The public can view winter road conditions from real-time plow cameras available through the www.511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras.

In southcentral Minnesota there are 83 snowplows that work to state highways in the 13-county MnDOT District 7. In southcentral Minnesota, MnDOT plows 3,325 lane miles. An average route for drivers is 34 miles. MnDOT snowplow operators doing their part to make highways safe.

Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at 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 your 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 into 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 mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.

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