Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 11, 2018

Hwy 2 closed between Crookston and East Grand Forks

No travel advisory remains in effect through the rest of the Red River valley

BEMIDJI, Minn. – (10:40 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol have closed Highway 2 between Crookston and East Grand Forks due to dangerous driving conditions. It will remain closed until driving conditions improve.

Motorists are advised not to travel on Highway 2 until conditions improve and MnDOT and the Minnesota State Patrol reopen the road. A no travel advisory remains in effect for the Red River valley.

High winds and blowing snow have created dangerous whiteout conditions. A no travel advisory has been in effect since last night. Many vehicles have gone off the road and a jack-knife semi is blocking the driving lanes on highway 2 between Crookston and East Grand Forks

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 or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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