Minnesota Department Of Transportation
Lower gas prices have had an added bonus in Minnesota beyond fatter wallets: Train traffic is leveling off, giving regulators space to refocus on safety issues, a state railroad official told lawmakers Wednesday. “That’s the good news. It gives us a little breathing space,” Dave Christianson, a rail planner for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, told a state House committee.
Three Minnesota State Troopers and another driver were struck by vehicles in four separate accidents Thursday as blizzard conditions wreak havoc on Minnesota roads. The state patrol says troopers were hit by drivers in Virginia, Brooklyn Center and Marshall.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says high winds and extreme cold will make travel risky in parts of Minnesota. Officials are urging no unnecessary travel in south-central and southwestern Minnesota Tuesday night.
The relocation of U.S. Highway 53 to make way for a mine expansion on the Iron Range should follow a route that would require building one of the highest bridges in the state over an abandoned mine pit outside of the city of Virginia, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The route known as E-2 is the northernmost route that was under consideration. The project is expected to cost about $220 million.
Winter weather has arrived with a bang and ahead of schedule with more than a foot of snow on the ground in some parts of Minnesota. Rush City in Chisago County is buried under 15 inches of fresh snow. Princeton in Isanti County is dealing with 14½ inches and St. Cloud in Stearns County has a foot.
Some school districts in Minnesota are canceling classes as the first major winter storm of the season arrives. St. Cloud Area Schools, Albany, Sauk Rapids-Rice and Sartell are among those closed Monday because of the storm that could deposit more than a foot of snow in some area.
Minnesota officials are offering to pay farmers who leave corn stalks standing along highways this winter to help keep snow from drifting. The state Department of Transportation says stalks can break the wind’s force and limit snow from blowing onto roads.
For metro commuters, it seems there’s always more work to be done on Minnesota roads. And it’s very much needed because of the weather extremes in our state. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that $70 million is being allocated to help take ideas and make them realities in 13 of the most troubled spots on Minnesota roads.
Drivers on Interstate 35E will experience some delays Monday night and early Tuesday morning, according to Minnesota Department of Transportation. Left and center lanes of I-35E will be closed in both directions beginning Monday night at 11 p.m.
Next time your car stalls on the freeway, smile and wave. At the epicenter of MnDOT’s traffic operations in Roseville, these are the people likely looking back at you. Through 600 live cameras, MnDOT is able to pinpoint potential problems as they happen — like a flat tire or a crash — and speed up their response to keep traffic moving.
Lake Street at Interstate 35W in Minneapolis has opened up to traffic after a bus accident closed it temporarily Monday morning. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Lake Street, the northbound I-35W bus lane and shelter, were closed at 11 a.m. after a westbound truck struck the northbound I-35W bridge.
Charles Zelle is Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He told WCCO Radio that managing the state’s transportation system is a bit of a conundrum. “Fifty percent of our roads are more than 50 years old,” Zelle said.
It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of the Good Questions you’ve e-mailed us this summer. Lisa from Farmington, Minn. asks: why are dog years counted seven years for every one year of human life?
A major road closure for the weekend has been delayed slightly. A stretch of 35W southbound in Minneapolis was supposed to be closed Friday at midnight through Monday morning.
Another $5 million in federal assistance is bound for Minnesota to help repair roads and bridges damaged by severe flooding in June. Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration said Thursday that the emergency repair money is on top of $5 million previously released by the Federal Highway Administration.