Highway 93 at Henderson opens with restrictions
MANKATO, Minn. — (2 p.m.) Highway 93 at Henderson is expected to open to traffic at 2 p.m. today, April 30 after being closed since March 16 due to flooding. Clean up and temporary repairs allow for traffic on Highway 93, but it is restricted to 50 miles per hour, 7 ton axle limit and no travel on the shoulders.
“The roadbed is saturated and the shoulders are extremely soft due to the prolonged exposure to flood waters,” said Jed Falgren, maintenance engineer. We are concerned that motorists use caution during the restrictions for safety reasons.”
Other Highways that remain closed:
- Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed March 19 due to flooding)
The remaining flooded highway closure in south central Minnesota is Highway 19 east of Henderson. Highway 19 still has flood waters over the road at this time. When MnDOT is able to open Highway 19, they will be able to get back to more permanent repairs on Highway 93.
MnDOT crews are monitoring, especially during rains, the areas along Highway 169 between Mankato and Le Sueur where there were mudslides in April that closed the southbound lanes.
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.