The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that the Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter will open today, Friday, April 5 around 12:30 p.m. and that the lane closures on Highway 169 from St. Peter to Le Sueur have been removed.
The Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge east of St. Peter has been closed due to flooding since March 20 and the Highway 169 lane restrictions were put up over the March 23 weekend. When MnDOT reconstructed Highway 169, it raised the southbound lanes to handle both north and southbound traffic on Highway 169 and added crossovers for traffic switches.
MnDOT continues to monitor the remaining highway segments closed due to flooding. Highways and bridges impacted by floods need to be inspected for damage and safety prior to opening.
Highways that remain closed:
- Highway 93 between Highway 169 and Le Sueur (closed March 20)
- Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed March 19)
- Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed March 16)
- Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge at St. Peter (closed March 20 – open April 5)
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.