Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 18, 2018

Hwy 23 closed at the south fork of the Nemadji River in Carlton County

DULUTH, Minn. — Hwy 23 is closed at the south fork of the Nemadji River (near milepost 322) in Carlton County due to highway damage caused by record high water levels. The highway will remain closed until the damage can be assessed and repairs are made.

There is no posted detour route. Many county roads are also closed due to flooding.

MnDOT is posting changeable message signs to warn motorists of the highway closure so they can find alternate routes.

Changeable message signs will be posted on Interstate 35 at the Sandstone exit and on Hwy 23 at Hwy 210. Two other changeable message signs will be placed at County Road 10 and County Road 4. Barricades have been placed on both sides of the washed out area.

Engineers are on site today assessing the damage.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind all motorists that driving through moving water is dangerous. And that it is unlawful to drive through areas where roads are barricaded. Vehicles can be swept away in only several inches of moving water.

Motorists are encouraged to check 511mn.org for the latest road closure information.