Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 7, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 218 detour planned Sept. 21 north of Austin for railroad crossing repairs

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Highway 218 motorists in Austin will encounter a detour beginning Wednesday, Sept. 21 while crews from the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad repair a crossing, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The detour is expected to last 2-3 days, depending on weather conditions. The detour will be removed sooner, if the work is completed sooner.

The detour for northbound motorists on Highway 218 north of Interstate 90 in northwest Austin will follow:

  • East on 18th Avenue Northwest,
  • North on Mower County Road 45 until it connects with Highway 218.

Southbound motorists can follow the route in reverse.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

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.