Mankato, Minn. – A contractor has begun work to stabilize Highway 19 from Henderson and Highway 169, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Highway 19 has been closed since June 19 due to flooding and major mud slides that left the road unsafe for traffic.
GeoStabilzation International of Grand Junction, Colorado, was hired with an emergency contract to treat the unstable slopes. They are using a technique called soil nailing, which involves the insertion of reinforcing bars into the newly exposed soil.
After the soil nailing is complete, a second contract will be necessary to complete the remaining repairs of the slopes, roadway, and guardrail.
MnDOT officials are working to get Highway 19 open to traffic by fall.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.