Travelers in 13 southcentral and southwest Minnesota counties are now able to get text messages for state highway advisories, construction project updates, and public participation opportunities in the region. The counties included are: Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.

While people have been able to sign up for emails to stay informed of construction projects and studies, travelers now have the option of being notified by text of road situations that will help them make informed travel decisions or let them know of occasions when they can provide feedback and learn about upcoming projects and events.

Some of the situations where a text may be issued:

  • Road closures (e.g., winter hazards, crashes, road repairs, construction)
  • Travel advisories (e.g., flooding, weather-related situations, pavement buckles)
  • In-person meetings and events
  • Online surveys and events

To sign up for text alerts, go to the MnDOT website for southcentral Minnesota at  https://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/index.html and look for “Email and text updates” under the “Connect with us” heading. Click the link and choose to receive messages via email or text.