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March 16, 2023

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MnDOT announces more travel advisories and road closures for southcentral Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. – (6:20 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has updated its list of road closures and no travel advisories on state hwys in southcentral Minnesota.

Strong winds continue to create blowing and drifting snow, significantly reducing visibility.

No travel advised:

No travel is advised on the following state highways until conditions improve:

  • Hwy 14 Sanborn to Sleepy Eye
  • Hwy 4 St. James to Fairfax
  • Hwy 68 from Highway 4 to north of Evan

No Travel Advised means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of whiteout conditions; and some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments are not effective, and conditions can become life-threatening for stranded travelers.

Hwy and Interstate closures:

  • Hwy 30 east of Darfur to Highway 4
  • Rock County
  • Nobles County
  • Cottonwood County
  • Portions of state hwys in Watonwan County. Hwy 60 west of St. James is closed; Hwy 60 east of St. James is open
  • Portions of state hwys in Jackson County
  • I-90 from the South Dakota border to Jackson is closed; I-90 east of Jackson is open

MnDOT reminds motorists that it is illegal to travel on a closed road and if a motorist requires rescuing, they are liable for all related rescue costs.

The road closures and no travel advisories are expected to remain overnight and until conditions improve on Friday.

MnDOT District 7, serving the Mankato and Windom areas, is not staffed for 24-hour coverage. Crews in southcentral and southwest Minnesota are expected to be out late tonight and will resume operations early Friday morning. 

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Motorists can sign up for email or text travel alerts for state highways at mndot.gov/d7 by clicking “Email and text updates” under the “Connect with us” heading. Choose to receive messages via email or text message. Then, choose the “South Central MN” under the “Travel Alerts” category.