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May 10, 2023

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Flooding update: MnDOT enacts detour for Highway 6 north of Deer River

Highway 6 closed north of Deer River due to deteriorating pavement conditions

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (4:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Highway 6 north of Deer River early this morning due to deteriorating pavement conditions.  Motorists will detour utilizing Itasca county roads 46 and 142. There is a seven-ton weight limit in effect. The highway will remain closed until repairs have been completed.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout northwest 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 road conditions map www.511mn.org.

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.

Important: road conditions shown on 511mn.org only reflect state highway conditions. Please check with your county, city and township for their road conditions and travel guidance.