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May 10, 2023

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Flooding update: MnDOT closes Hwy 6 north of Deer River due to deteriorating pavement conditions

Two additional highways remain closed in northwestern Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn.(5:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 6 north of Deer River. The highway is closed due to deteriorating pavement conditions.  Highways will remain closed until further notice and traffic should seek alternate routes.

Two additional highways in northwestern Minnesota remain closed due to flooding.

Highways that remain closed

  • Highway 6 two miles north of Deer River
  • Highway 220 north of Oslo (260th St. NW to Marshall CR 5)
  • Highway 317 from Highway 220 to North Dakota border

The roadways will reopen when water has receded, and crews are able to make any necessary repairs.

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 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.