Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 20, 2019

Hwy 60 closed at Hwy 61 in Wabasha because of high water on road

WABASHA, Minn. – Highway 60 near Highway 61 in Wabasha is closed because of water on the roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The stretch of the Highway 60, which goes under a railroad bridge, is just north of Highway 61 at Wabasha. It is under water and MnDOT has blocked the road with barricades. A detour is marked. The area is a backwater from the Mississippi River, which is rising again.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of roadway flooding as rain continues in the region and heavy snow pack melts. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists.

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 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/.

MnDOT will announce the reopening of Highway 60 via Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast. Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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