Update: Southbound I-35 reopened near Faribault

Published 2:12 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Update: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35 between Faribault and Medford have reopened, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Original story: Southbound Interstate 35 is closed at Faribault and detoured down to Medford because of numerous vehicle crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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The detour route is Highway 60 west at Faribault and is the marked alternate route. Motorists will go south on Rice County Road 17 and follow the signs to Medford, where they can rejoin I-35 southbound.

Crashes have been reported on northbound I-35, but the highway remains open as of 2:05 p.m.

Motorists should review MnDOT’s road conditions map for conditions at www.511mn.org.

Roads in Freeborn County were improving, according to MnDOT, which lists I-35 from the Iowa border to the Ellendale exit as partially covered in snow. Interstate 90 near Albert Lea has stretches of road listed as normal, and other stretches listed as partially covered. East of Hayward is listed as fully covered with snow.