MnDOT lifts Highway 11 road closure and Highway 1 no travel advisory in northwest Minnesota
Motorist advised to use caution in areas of isolated drifting and low visibility
BEMIDJI, Minn. – (11:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation has lifted its road closure on Highway 11 and no travel advisory on Highway 1 in northwestern Minnesota. Area highways were either closed or under no travel advisory due to dangerous travel conditions from high winds, blowing snow and low visibility.
Motorists should reduce speeds and use caution when traveling. Visibility is gradually improving; however there is still blowing snow with isolated areas of drifting snow and low visibility. MnDOT crews continue to work to improve road conditions.
Remember, it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions after a storm. Motorists should:
- Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for their trip.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. Plows may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.
Important: even if state and federal highways are passable, travel may still be difficult on county, township and municipal roads. Check with local agencies for their road conditions.
For tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.