The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be setting up for potential lane closures over the weekend on Highway 169 from St. Peter to Le Sueur due to rising forecasts for flooding on the Minnesota River.
Motorists will be able to go north and southbound on Highway 169 with the restrictions, but two areas will have traffic control devices in place:
- Northbound lanes will be restricted on the north edge of St. Peter as backwaters fill in the large median.
- MnDOT is also preparing for the northbound lanes to flood between Robarts Creek and the Cambria Silo. Traffic control will be set up to handle one lane each way in the southbound lanes in case the need arises.
When MnDOT reconstructed Highway 169, it raised the southbound lanes to handle both north and southbound traffic on Highway 169 and added crossovers for traffic switches.
Highways that remain closed:
- Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter (closed March 20)
- Highway 93 between Highway 169 and Le Sueur (closed March 20)
- Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed March 19)
- Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed March 16)
- Highway 4 north of St. James (closed March 17 – opened March 21)
- Highway 30 east of Mapleton (closed March 16 – open March 20)
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.