I-90 reopened at Austin after high water on road, MnDOT urges caution after heavy rains
AUSTIN, Minn. (7:30 p.m.) — Interstate 90 has reopened in Austin after being closed for approximately four hours because of water over the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Water was over the road Thursday afternoon after heavy rains in the region. MnDOT maintenance crews opened westbound I-90 shortly after 7 p.m. and the eastbound lanes were reopened at 7:30 p.m. after crews cleaned and inspected the road to ensure its safety for motorists.
Traffic was detoured between Sixth Street Northeast and 11th Drive in Austin for approximately four hours.
Motorists are reminded that heavy rains through the region may lead to other road flooding.
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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
Check 511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes. For additional updates, join the MnDOT SE Minnesota Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast, and follow @mndotsoutheast on Twitter.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.