Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 19, 2020

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Travel advisory updates: Hwy 4 closed from Hector to Fairfax

No Travel Advisories lifted on several highway segments

WILLMAR, Minn. – (7:45 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has closed Highway 4 from just south of Hector to two miles north of Fairfax due to vehicles blocking the roadway.

No Travel Advisories remain in effect for the following highway segments:

  • Highway 71 – Olivia to the southern Redwood County border (near Sanborn)
  • Highway 7 – Highway 71 to Cosmos (will be lifted within the hour)
  • Highway 19 – Morton to Fairfax
  • Highway 67 – Redwood Falls to Morgan
  • Highway 68 – Wabasso to Morgan

No Travel Advisories have been lifted for the following road segments. However, the roads are ice-covered and motorists are advised to reduce speeds and drive according to road conditions.

  • Highway 4 – Hector to Cosmos
  • Highway 212 – Olivia to Hector
  • Highway 71 – Willmar to Olivia
  • Highway 7 – Clara City to Highway 71
  • Highway 40 – The northbound junction of Highway 29 to Willmar
  • Highway 23 – Willmar to Clara City

No Travel Advised means that the roadway has deteriorated and/or visibility has been reduced to the point that it is very dangerous to travel; there are reports of intermittent white out conditions; and, some weather conditions can be severe enough that road treatments, such as salt or sand, are not effective.

Motorists are advised to not travel in these areas until conditions improve.

The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the www.511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511.