Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 29, 2019

Eastbound Highway 65 open in Albert Lea, westbound remains closed for water on road

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (10 a.m.) – Eastbound Highway 65 in Albert Lea is reopening Friday morning, but westbound remains closed because of water on the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Westbound Highway 65 is closed from Garfield Avenue to South Broadway. This stretch of Highway 65, also known as Main Street, in Albert Lea could remain flooded for days. The city of Albert Lea continues to monitor. Motorists should follow the detour until the all clear is announced.

Elsewhere in southeast Minnesota, Highway 60 under the railroad bridge near Highway 61 in Wabasha remains closed because of high water. Highway 74 from Beaver to Weaver in Wabasha and Winona counties remains closed. It’s MnDOT’s only stretch of gravel road and remains impassible because of spring thaw conditions in the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding in southeast Minnesota as the heavy snow pack continues to melt. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map 511mn.org. Consult the map for updated road condition information or call 511.

MnDOT cautions motorists:

  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • 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. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.

To find more information from MnDOT about flooding, go to its website at mndot.gov/flood.

Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.