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70 Mph Speed Limit Signs Going Up In Wisconsin

New 70 mph speed limit signs are being posted this week on interstates and highways in Wisconsin this week.

06/15/2015

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Gov. Scott Walker Signs 70 MPH Speed Limit Bill

Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that allows state transportation officials to raise the speed limit to 70 mph on some Wisconsin roads

05/20/2015

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Up With Umlauts: Lindstrom, Minnesota, To Get Its Dots Back

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is playing punctuation police when it comes to the state’s road signs — umlauts included.

04/15/2015

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Section Of 5th Street Closes As Mpls. Reconfigures Downtown

Officials in Minneapolis say a section of 5th Street by the new Vikings stadium construction site is slated to close Monday as part of a construction project to reconfigure how people get around downtown.

03/30/2015

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Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 A Year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

02/22/2015

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Dayton Asks For $10M To Replace Aging Aircraft

Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants to replace two aging aircraft that serve as Minnesota’s official state planes.

The Democratic governor is asking the legislature for $10 million dollars to replace them, because he says the current planes are becoming dangerous.

02/10/2015

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Guy On A Bike: MnDOT State Bicycle Plan

Once again, the state of Minnesota is seeking your input as it continues to develop its Statewide Bicycle Plan. According to a Department of Transportation press release, “the plan will identify a statewide system of bicycle routes, improve existing facilities and refine MnDOT’s bicycle planning process.”

02/05/2015

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Big Gap In Road-Fixing Plans Means Bigger Fight At Capitol

A wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and business groups want to tackle the state’s multibillion-dollar backlog of road and bridge repairs all but guarantees that what’s been billed as the biggest fight of the 2015 legislative session will live up to the hype. House Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday that would tap a projected budget surplus and shave spending at the Department of Transportation to fund $750 million in repairs over the next four years.

01/08/2015

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As Snow Falls, Cars Spin Out And Crash

As the snow fell Friday evening, cars slipped and skidded.

12/26/2014

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Wisconsin Would Join Electric Car Tax Trend

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on electric and hybrid vehicles if the proposed $50 annual charge put forward by the Department of Transportation becomes law.

11/17/2014

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Minnesota Wraps Up 2014 Road Construction Season

Minnesota has wrapped up its 2014 road construction season. The state Department of Transportation says major bridge construction, highway lane additions and road resurfacing were among the 308 projects underway during the season.

11/06/2014

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Highway 41 Bridge In Chaska Reopened

The flooding has slowed across the state and roads are beginning to reopen. The Highway 41 Bridge over the Minnesota River in Chaska, Minn. reopened Saturday. The state Department of Transportation reopened the bridge, one of the south metro’s busiest river crossings, as floodwaters receded.

07/05/2014

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Patrol: No One Injured In Fiery Crash On I-35

Two semis and a car were involved in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 35 south of the metro, officials say, and no one was injured.

07/03/2014

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Video: Mudslide Nearly Catches Driver Near Belle Plaine

A motorist nearly fell into a gaping hole on a southern Minnesota road after the ground beneath it gave way. The incident was caught on dash camera, and uploaded Friday to YouTube by the Department of Transportation.

06/20/2014

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GM Releases Video To Demonstrate Safety of Recalled Cars

One day after the Department of Transportation refused to order GM to pull recalled vehicles off the road, the auto company has released a video showing tests they’ve done on the recalled vehicles.

05/09/2014

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Officials: Road Buckles On I-35E In St. Paul, Causing Delays

State transportation officials are encouraging drivers to avoid using northbound Interstate 35E in St. Paul Tuesday evening as the pavement has buckled, creating a hazard on the roadway.

02/18/2014

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Stillwater Life Bridge Now Open To Car, Boat Traffic

The Stillwater Lift Bridge has opened to both car and boat traffic sooner than expected, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The bridge resumed its normal lift schedule at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

06/19/2013

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Stillwater Lift Bridge To Close Wednesday For Repairs

Drivers beware: the Stillwater Lift Bridge is slated to close for a few hours at noon Wednesday.

06/18/2013

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Long, Slow Summer Commutes Setting In For I-694 Drivers

Several times a day, cab driver Bashir Abdi takes a fare over Interstate 694 between New Brighton and Brooklyn Center. But his days are about to get much longer, and his patience much shorter.

06/17/2013

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Traffic Restrictions Slated For Monday Night On I-694 In Brooklyn Center

Traffic restrictions are slated to begin Monday night on westbound Interstate-694 between East River Road and Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center, the Department of Transportation says. The restrictions were supposed to set in Sunday night, but equipment problems prompted a delay.

06/17/2013

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WisDOT: May Traffic Deaths Lowest In 68 Years

The fewest people died in Wisconsin traffic deaths in the month of May since the end of World War II, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Thirty-three people died in Wisconsin crashes, 17 fewer than May 2012 and 19 under the five-year average for the month of May.

06/06/2013

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3 Roadways Re-Open In Western MN; But Travel Still Not Advised

Authorities said three roadways re-opened at 5 p.m. Monday after being closed due to a late winter storm.

03/18/2013

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Good Question: How Does MnDOT Decide What Toll To Charge?

The signs are often changing: Is it worth 75 cents to jump in the carpool lane? Would you pay $3? $4?

02/21/2013

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Drivers, Street Crews Dealing With Weekend Wintry Mix

The Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the rain that fell early Saturday might have washed away the chemicals used to pre-treat Minnesota roads against ice.

12/15/2012

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Dayton, New MnDOT Head Differ On Gas Tax Hike

Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he opposes increasing the state’s gas tax “at this time,” putting him at odds with the man he appointed to lead Minnesota’s Department of Transportation.

12/12/2012

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