MANKATO, Minn.- (5 p.m.) Highway 169 between St. Peter and LeSueur is now open to traffic; however a four mile segment north of St. Peter is restricted to one lane each way on the southbound lanes as Mn/DOT readies to repair the flood-damaged northbound lanes.
Highway 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur will open around 5:30 p.m.
The Highway 99 bridge east of St. Peter will open to motorists around 6 p.m. The historic steel truss bridge on Highway 99 over the Minnesota River has been given a thorough inspection and is safe to carry traffic. The sidewalk on the Highway 99 bridge will be closed until a section of broken railing can be repaired. Pedestrians are asked to avoid using the Highway 99 bridge until the sidewalk is safe for their use.
Mn/DOT officials advise motorists to plan on a few weeks before the washed out northbound lanes of Highway 169 will be reconstructed and open to traffic.
The following state highways are OPEN
· Highway 22 south of St. Peter
· Highway 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur
· Highway 99 east of St. Peter (sidewalk on bridge closed)
· Highway 169 from Mankato to St. Peter
· Highway 169 in St. Peter by Union Street
· Highway 169 from St. Peter to LeSueur (with lane restrictions)
The following state highways remain CLOSED:
· Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson
· Highway 66 south of Mankato (due to Red Jacket Trestle damage)
· Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson
Motorists will need to use alternative routes until further notice.
Motorists should plan accordingly. 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.
For updated information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.