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.
As school buses take kids to school this fall, they’ll also be doing the environment a favor. As part of the Project Green Fleet program, more than 3,200 buses have been retrofitted to help reduce diesel emissions, according to Mike Harley of Environmental Initiative.
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.
This Friday, drivers will have to reduce their speed in construction zones. A new law will force motorists to slow down to 45 miles per hour or face a costly ticket if they are caught speeding in roadside work zones. The new law comes after the deaths of Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski, who were hit and killed in October of 2011.
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A heads up if you’re heading down Interstate 35W in the south metro, you’ll need to take a detour. MnDOT has closed the southbound lanes between Interstate 494 and 94th Street in Bloomington, Minn.
Unexpected issues with the slide system used to put the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge have caused work to take place overnight on Thursday, July 10. MnDOT started using hydraulic jacks to slide the 3.5 million pound bridge beams into the permanent location on Wednesday.
Crews moved the new Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Wednesday night using a method that saves time and money. MnDOT used hydraulic jacks to slide the 3.5 million pound bridge beams to their permanent location.
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.
The Minnesota State Patrol says a section of I-35 south of Owatonna that was closed after a fiery crash has now reopened. The Patrol says a semi and a car were stopped in the right northbound lane Thursday afternoon due to traffic backups. Another semi crashed into the car, which then collided with the first semi. The trucks then caught on fire, sending a plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.
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.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge is now back open for traffic. MnDOT allowed the bridge to reopen around 4 p.m. Wednesday after water levels on the St. Croix River went down.
Numerous highways and bridges are closed across the state as cities continue to deal with flooding and damage from torrential rains. In the metro area, the Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed to pedestrian, vehicle and water traffic as waters on the St. Croix rise.
Two employees of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are in the hospital after a work zone crash in Burnsville Sunday afternoon. MnDOT says the two workers were injured at 4 p.m. on Interstate 35 just north of Cliff Road in Burnsville.