Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 12, 2019

Hwy 60 closed at Hwy 61 in Wabasha because of high water on road

ROCHESTER, Minn. — (9:15 pm.) Hwy 60 near Hwy 61 in Wabasha is closed because of water on the roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The stretch of the Hwy 60 just north of Hwy 61 at Wabasha is under water. MnDOT has blocked the road with barricades.

Additionally, MnDOT is reporting water on the roadway on Interstate 35 north of Albert Lea. At this time, the highway is open. The stretch is between Interstate 90 and Hwy 251 in Freeborn County.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of roadway flooding as rain continues in the region and heavy snow pack melts. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists.

MnDOT cautions motorists:

  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • 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. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.

To find more information from MnDOT about flooding, go to its website at mndot.gov/flood/.

MnDOT will announce the reopening of Highway 60 via Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast. Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.