Commuter slowdown: Landslide threat closes Highway 13 in metro

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The heavy rainfalls that have punctuated this extremely wet spring are taking a toll on a busy highway.

FOX 9 had dramatic aerial photographs that show an unstable slope adjacent to Highway 13. The section of Highway 13 between 2nd Street and Lexington Avenue near Mendota is now closed in both directions. The road was closed Tuesday so that crews could repair the damage caused during a recent deluge. They will stabilize the slope and prevent a landslide.

The road is expected to re-open by Tuesday, June 17.

In addition, Big Rivers Regional Trail, which is adjacent to Highway 13 between Mendota and Lilydale, is closed indefinitely. A small mudslide was reported on the path last week, which prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to call for the emergency closure.

The Star Tribune notes that while no specific detour has been set up, the best routes to navigate around the closure is to use Hwy. 110 and I-35E as alternates.

MnDOT reminds motorists that they can dial 5-1-1 for real time transportation information anywhere in the state.

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