I–90 opens near Austin after being closed for 4 hours

I–90 opens near Austin after being closed for 4 hours
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that water levels have increased greatly in the last 24 hours and water is now over the road. (Source: AP)

SOUTHERN MINNESOTA (KEYC) — U.S. Interstate 90 has opened near Austin following a four hour closure.

The interstate has originally been closed late Thursday afternoon due to water flooding over the road as a result of heavy rains.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) maintenance crews opened westbound I-90 shortly after 7 p.m. and the eastbound lanes were reopened at 7:30 p.m. after crews cleaned and inspected the road and ditch area to ensure its safety for motorists.

MnDOT warns that additional heavy rainfall may close portions of the interstate in the days to come.


ORIGINAL STORY:

U.S. Interstate 90 has been closed and detoured near Austin due to heavy rainfall Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reports that water levels have increased greatly in the last 24 hours and water is now over the road.

*9/12/19, 7:30pm: I-90 has reopened* I-90 in Austin, MN is closed in both directions at exit 176 (11th Drive NE) due to flooding. A detour is in operation. Check 511mn.org for updates.

Posted by Minnesota Department of Transportation on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Traffic is being detoured between Sixth Street Northeast and 11th Drive in Austin.

The detour and highway closure will remain in place until water levels lower to allow for safe travel.

MnDOT will inspect the road and ditch area prior to opening I-90 to ensure it remains safe for travel.

The detours are outlined in detail below.

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