City seeks MnDOT’s help

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Many in Albert Lea saw how the excessive rain impacted roads locally, so the city council is asking the Minnesota Department of Transportation to study ways to eliminate the flooding problem.

They have to go through MnDOT, because Main St., the road that continues to flood, is also U.S. Highway 65 at the spot that is impacted the most.

City leaders say closing that road multiple times each year is a problem.

“Three of those four years we’ve had some extended shutdowns of the road because of the water levels. So it’s a MnDOT state road. We’re looking at some kind of resolution there, hopefully sooner rather than later,” said Albert Lea City Manager, Chad Adams.

It is bad news for businesses located on that road too. Especially Godfather’s Pizza, who had to shut down for a few days during this year’s flood.

“They depend on having customers every day, but beyond that with the detours there’s an economic impact where there’s just not that accessibility to get to the normal businesses along that corridor,” Adams said.

He said they are working to send the council’s resolution to MnDOT now. They will continue to be in regular contact with them throughout the process.

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