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May 16, 2023

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Hwy 99 Minnesota River Bridge in St. Peter closing May 17 at 9 a.m. due to flooding

MANKATO, Minn. (11:30 a.m.) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter on Wednesday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m. due to flooding on the Minnesota River.

The historic Highway 99 truss bridge will remain closed until water has receded and the bridge can be inspected for safety.
Highway 99 was the designated detour route for Highway 22 just south of St. Peter, which is under construction. Therefore, Highway 99 traffic will be detoured to Le Sueur County Road 21 (Golf Course Road), Shanaska Creek Road, and Highways 22, 14 and 169.

MnDOT is closely monitoring Highway 93 between Highway 169 and Le Sueur and expects that it will close Tuesday afternoon, May 16, due to flooding from the Minnesota River.

MnDOT crews will continue to monitor flooded highways and will open them as soon as it is safe to do so. Highways and bridges impacted by floods need to be inspected for damage and safety prior to opening.

Highways closed:

  • Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge in St. Peter (closing May 17 at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed May 14 at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed May 14 at 7:00 a.m.)

Highways open:

  • Highway 68 south of Courtland (closed and reopened May 14 due to a mudslide)

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.