Road Closures/ Plows Pulled Due to Blizzard Conditions
Public Service – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. –The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 14 from New Ulm to Sleepy Eye immediately, due to blizzard conditions. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. MnDOT has also closed Highway 15 in western Nicollet County and Highway 15 through Brown County.
A no travel advisory was enacted earlier this morning and remains in effect for the following counties: Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood. The following counties have been added to the list of no travel advised: Blue Earth, Sibley, Faribault and Waseca.
Blue Earth County Public Works Department pulled all snow plows from county roads at 11:00 am on Saturday due to snowfall and decreasing visibility. Crews will begin clearing roads again Sunday morning. The County is advising no travel at this time and encourages residents to stay home and stay safe.
The locations of previously announced closures include:
- Interstate 90 at Jackson, west to the South Dakota border – immediately
- Highway 60 from St. James to Worthington – 10:00 a.m.
- Highway 60 from Mankato to St. James – 11:00 a.m.
- Interstate 90 from Blue Earth to Jackson – 11:00 a.m.
- All state highways west of Highway 15
Motorists are advised not to travel until conditions improve and MnDOT reopens the roads.
Motorists should plan accordingly. When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
For tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org