Flood waters close portion of U.S. Highway 12 near Ortonville
ORTONVILLE – A segment of U.S. Highway 12 east of Ortonville is being closed because high water is causing flood conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Highway 12, from the U.S. Highway 75/Highway 7 intersection in Ortonville to Big Stone County Road 23.
The closure goes into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will remain closed until the water recedes and crews can inspect the roadway for safety, according to a news release from MnDOT.
Traffic will be routed on Big Stone County Road 23 and state Highway 7.
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.
MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding throughout west central Minnesota as additional precipitation and heavy snow pack continue to melt and water levels rise.
Highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map www.511mn.org.