Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Southwest Minnesota Regional Information

MnDOT District 8

Traveling in the southwest

Map of MnDOT District 8, covering Southwest Minnesota.

Traffic and roads



District 8 road conditions

  • District 8 would like to remind motorists that the average snow plow route is 60 miles, round-trip. Some routes are considerably longer. In difficult conditions it can take up to four hours for a snow plow operator to plow a route. In good conditions it can take 2 1/2 hours to plow a route. In general, plows are out from 3 am to 10 pm, longer if conditions require it.
  • During or after a snowfall, vehicle tires pack down snow on the road.  If the temps are below freezing, the compacted snow freezes and forms a layer of ice.  As more snow falls, the cycle continues and the layer of ice thickens.  Trucks continue to plow, but the blade is less effective on compacted snow. 
  • To access plow cameras go to 511 and click on plow cameras on the left menu. A window will open to show photos and a map where the plow is. Please note that not all snow plows have cameras.
  • To access the Road Weather Information System go to 511 and click on cameras on the left menu. A window will open to show photos and current weather and road conditions.
  • Visit 511 for traffic and travel information.


District 8 news & public meetings

  • Testing of the pedestrian flashing beacon in Litchfield wraps up January 22, 2018. MnDOT and the City of Litchfield would like feedback from residents. Follow the link to complete the survey - surveymonkey.com/r/litchfieldpedbeacon.
  • The Findings of Fact and Conclusions for the North Gap (Hwy 23 from Paynesville to Richmond) is complete. There is no funding for construction at this time. For more information visit the project webpage.