Ice flows create hazardous driving conditions on Highway 169 along Lake Mille Lacs

BAXTER, Minn. – Motorists traveling Highway 169 south of Garrison should slow down and expect delays as crews intermittently close lanes to clear ice flows off Lake Mille Lacs that overrun the roadway.

“With heavy winds and spring ice out, ice flows off Lake Mille Lacs can cross both lanes of the road in little as 15 minutes,” said Jon Beaufeaux, MnDOT acting maintenance supervisor. “The ice flows will likely continue until the wind dies down or shifts direction.”

MnDOT crews are currently on site and will monitor the roadway and close lanes as needed. When lanes close, flaggers will allow one-way alternating traffic through the work zone.

While most of the ice flows and closures currently occur near Wigwam Bay and St. Albans Bay, motorists should avoid the seven-mile segment of Highway 169 south of Garrison until further notice. Those who must travel this segment of Highway 169 must slow down, be prepared to stop and must obey flaggers and any temporary signs.