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April 18, 2023

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MnDOT closes Hwy 47 south of Pine Brook due to water over the road

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – (9:51 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 47 south of Pine Brook between 317th Avenue NW and 325th Avenue NW, 10 miles north of Saint Francis, due to water over the road. Motorists should follow road signs or use alternate routes.
The road will reopen when the water levels recede.
MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout central Minnesota as the spring snow melt continues 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 511 road conditions map.

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.