- Highway 56 between Hampton and Dodge Center
- Highway 30 from Rushford to Highway 74
- Highway 30 between New Richland and Blooming Prairie
- Highway 250 between Lanesboro and Highway 30
- Highway 43 south of Rushford to Highway 44
- Highway 218 between Austin and the Iowa border
- Highway 105 between Austin and the Iowa border
- Highway 69 between Albert Lea and the Iowa border
Around 100 plows have been out, some of which have gotten stuck.
They said their biggest hurdle Sunday was assisting stranded motorists. They added much of the work they’ve done was undone due to the blizzard.
MnDOT said getting everything back to normal will be a slow process due to ice being underneath the snow, and they said it could take a couple of days until the job is complete.
Snowplows and all first responders including the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office are being pulled off of the roads and will only respond to serious emergencies.
A multi-vehicle crash on 63 near the Rochester International Airport - Rochester, MN. (Upper left-hand corner.)
Weather Related Updates from Various City of Rochester Departments
Feb 24, 2019 – ROCHESTER, MINN – The City of Rochester is making every effort to respond to snow accumulation, while keeping safety a top priority. The community is asked to assist with this effort by removing vehicles from streets. This allows plows to clear the roads and helps ensure public safety vehicles can navigate roads effectively. Details pertaining to specific City of Rochester departments can be found below.
City Administrator, Steve Rymer shares, “City of Rochester teammates are working hard to respond to snow accumulation and blizzard conditions. We ask our community to keep safety top of mind and avoid travel today. In doing so, you help keep our public safety teammates safe as well. We appreciate your support.”
Public Works crews have been operating since midnight and will stay on the roads until 4pm today. The intent is to have been on all routes at least once. As of 4pm, crews will have been working for 16 hours are required to have a rest period. The crews will re-mobilize at midnight and plow all routes.
Community members are asked to move vehicles from City streets, as to allow for the most effective plowing on all routes. This help ensure public safety vehicles can respond to emergencies in a timely manner.
Rochester Public Library
The Rochester Public Library is closed today, February 24, 2019 due to the weather.
Rochester Public Transit
All public transit service has been suspended for the remainder of today, February 24, 2019. Efforts will be made to resume service for tomorrow, February 25, 2019. Updates about service can be found on the RPT website.
Rochester International Airport
The airfield is currently closed. Airport staff will continue to monitor the airfield and reopen when it is safe to do so.
— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) February 25, 2019
#MnDOT crews in Southeast Minnesota have been out for more than 24 hours, with no end in sight.
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— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) February 24, 2019
We’re facing large drifts on highways and are assisting law enforcement and/or avoiding abandoned vehicles as we plow. Here are looks on I-90 near Dexter and Austin. Stay home. Stay safe. Conditions will be better on Monday, but they won’t be good. #austinmn #rochmn #AlbertLeaMN pic.twitter.com/X9lZBL1Zjb
— MnDOT District 6 (@mndotsoutheast) February 24, 2019
remain off the highways to avoid getting stuck according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Motorists should review MnDOT’s road conditions map for current conditions at www.511mn.org. Conditions
are changing and will be adjusted as snowplows are able to open highways and ramps. Even then, travel is not
advised. Poor driving conditions exist on roads that are marked as open. MnDOT snowplows have been on the
roads, but high winds diminish the work they’re able to do.
MnDOT reminds motorists that Interstate 35 is closed from Owatonna to the Iowa border. The Iowa Department
of Transportation has closed I-35 from Ames to the border. Additionally, Interstate 90 is closed from Dexter to
Many other highways are marked as No Travel Advised. Motorists should not be on the highways. If they
become stuck, demand for tow trucks is very high and a lengthy waiting time is expected. MnDOT snowplows
aren’t able to pull vehicles out and will continue to plow the roads to improve public safety. MnDOT has assisted
ambulance transports to Rochester since the early-morning hours.
Road closure devices may include barricades, flashing lights or gates lowered across the roadway. They inform
motorists the road is not safe for travel. Their only option is to turn around and get off the road quickly. The
decision to close a highway is made by MnDOT, with input from local law enforcement and the Minnesota
Department of Public Safety.
Additionally, MnDOT has issued a No Travel Advisory in the region for the following highways:
Highway 13 from Albert Lea to New Richland
Highway 14 from Winona to west of I-35
Highway 16 from Dexter to Whalan
Highway 30 from New Richland to Highway 74
Highway 42 from I-90 to Highway 61
Highway 43 from I-90 to Winona
Highway 52 from Iowa border to Cannon Falls
Highway 56 from the Iowa border to Highway 52
Highway 57 from Kasson to Highway 52
Highway 58 from Zumbrota to Red Wing
Highway 60 from Kenyon to Wabasha
Highway 61 from Homer to Miesville
Highway 63 from the Iowa border to Lake City
Highway 65 near Albert Lea
Highway 69 near Albert Lea
Highway 74 from Highway 30 to Highway 61
Highway 80 from Highway 16 to Highway 52
Highway 105 from the Iowa border to Austin
Highway 139 from the Iowa border to Harmony
Highway 218 from the Iowa border to Owatonna
Highway 248 from Altura to Minnesota City
Highway 251 from Clarks Grove to Highway 218
Highway 250 from Highway 30 to Lanesboro
I-90 from Highway 43 to Dexter
I-35 from Owatonna to Faribault
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