I-90 from South Dakota to Alden (Hwy 109) open in south central Minnesota
Other highway segments steadily opening
MANKATO, Minn. – (12:30 p.m.) Interstate 90 east and westbound lanes are open from Fairmont to Highway 109 at Alden. I-90 from west of Fairmont opened around 8 a.m. today, Monday, February 25, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Driving conditions will remain poor and motorists need to drive for conditions.
I-90 traffic will also be able to use the eastbound lanes to Albert Lea. HOWEVER, all of I-90 east of Albert Lea to Rochester as well as I-35 south of Owatonna to Albert Lea remains closed until further notice by the MnDOT Rochester office.
Numerous other state highway segments have opened and the no travel advisories have been removed in south central Minnesota since MnDOT plows went out early this morning. Remaining segments closed at this time in southcentral Minnesota include:
- Highway 30 from Amboy to New Richland
- Highway 22 from Wells to the Iowa border
MnDOT advises motorists to check road conditions before traveling. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.
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 511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.