Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 17, 2019

MnDOT to close portion of U.S. Hwy 12 east of Ortonville at 6 p.m. due to flooding

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – (4:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will close U.S. Highway 12, from the U.S. Highway 75/Highway 7 intersection in Ortonville to Big Stone County Road 23, at 6 p.m. today due to flooding.

Traffic will be routed on County Road 23 and Highway 7.

This segment of U.S. Highway 12 will remain closed until the water recedes and crews can inspect the roadway for safety.

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.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout west central Minnesota as additional precipitation and heavy snow pack continue to melt and water levels rise. Highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map www.511mn.org.

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