Ever hear the saying there are two seasons in Minnesota? “Yes,” Marsha Johnston of Minneapolis said. “There’s winter and there’s road construction.” But over the past few decades there have been more road, ramp and bridge closures throughout the winter.
With the first decent snowfall of the season expected to start Tuesday night, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been busy getting its equipment ready. Officials said they are ready for anything Mother Nature throws at us, but Minnesota residents and especially commuters are encouraged to get their winter kits ready if they haven’t already.
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.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has been closed after a cable snapped Sunday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard says the cable snapped at around 8 p.m. Now, the bridge is in down position and closed to traffic from boats 6-feet tall or higher. Once a replacement cable arrives, it will take a week to install, weather permitting.
Pulling out of the garage in Arden Hills, WCCO Radio rode along with Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) spokesperson Kent Barnard as he started his job as a driver.
A winter storm that is causing huge problems across the Midwest moved into Minnesota Thursday night.
The rain and snow mixed together is causing problems on area roads. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says icy conditions are making travel particularly difficult in southern Minnesota.
Let’s hope the roads are better after Wednesday night’s snowstorm than they were after the last one.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation say that bumpy “wash board” effect on metro roads is caused by a number of factors.
Metro motorists were suddenly and unexpectedly thrown into winter mode on Monday morning. According to the State Patrol, at least 50 spinouts and fender-benders were reported by late Monday morning.
Kent Barnard of MNDOT joins the show to update us on the progress of the local highway construction projects.