MnDOT monitoring bridges, waterways before spring flooding

MnDOT monitoring bridges, waterways before spring flooding

NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) - Spring is approaching but that also means potential flooding.

While there isn't any immediate danger to most bridges and roads in our region, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is staying vigilant as snow melts and rivers swell.

MnDOT is monitoring USGS river gauges along waterways and inspecting ice flows near bridges throughout early spring.

Jeffrey Krenz and his daughter, Karmela, 3, both of New Ulm, walk back to their car after viewing a flooded Cottonwood Street in New Ulm, Minn., Friday, March 6, 2020.
Jeffrey Krenz and his daughter, Karmela, 3, both of New Ulm, walk back to their car after viewing a flooded Cottonwood Street in New Ulm, Minn., Friday, March 6, 2020. (Source: Gage Cureton)

Right now, they say there isn’t an immediate threat.

“Each bridge is different, so a bridge like this in New Ulm has been designed for ice flows and so we’re not as concerned about a bridge like this. A bridge that we would be concerned about is the St. Peter bridge - the space truss. If the water got high enough that the ice would hit that bridge, we would close the road,” District 7 Bridge Engineer Andrew Lawver explained.

They say if a road is closed because of flooding, MnDOT does a full inspection of the bridge before reopening.

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