Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 10, 2019

Interstate 35 southbound reopens after crashes between Faribault and Medford

ROCHESTER, Minn. — (7:15 p.m.)  Interstate 35 southbound has reopened between Faribault and Medford after being closed and detoured Wednesday afternoon because of numerous vehicle crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The last truck was pulled out of the ditch and MNDOT snowplows cleared the road to allow traffic to resume.

Motorists should review MnDOT’s road conditions map for current conditions at www.511mn.org. Conditions are changing and will be adjusted.

MnDOT has 101 snowplows on the state highways in southeast Minnesota.

MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:

  • Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions
  • Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt
  • Turn off the cruise control
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip
  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at www.511mn.org

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

To learn more about road conditions, highway construction and other southeast Minnesota MnDOT news, join the MnDOT Southeast Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/workzone/winter.html.