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MnDOT: Adopt A Highway Volunteers Save Minn. $7M

Volunteers for Adopt a Highway saved the state of Minnesota roughly $7 million last year in cleaning costs, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT said volunteers with the program picked up 970,000 pounds of liter in 2014.

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Winter Litterers Blamed For Millions In Road Clean-Up Costs

Minnesota’s early snow melt means a rapid start to a messy job this time of year — picking up roadside trash.

03/30/2015

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MnDOT: Highway 610 Construction Project Underway In Maple Grove

With the warmer weather comes construction season in Minnesota. On Monday, The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that construction has begun on an expansion of Highway 610 between Elm Creek Boulevard and Interstate 94 in Maple Grove.

03/30/2015

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Five Miles Of Hwy 100 Closing For Overpass Overhaul

The first major closure in the metro this year starts at 9 p.m. Friday night on Highway 100. Five miles of the busy stretch will be shut down between Interstate 394 and the Crosstown.

03/27/2015

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Warmer Weather Could Mean Extra Cash For MnDOT

Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is hoping the warmer weather over the next couple of weeks marks the end of winter weather. This winter is a big contrast to last year’s unusually harsh winter that forced MnDOT to blow past its budget by tens of millions of dollars.

03/07/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Paying for Bikeways

For the better part of the past decade, the Twin Cities has been heralded as one of the best areas in the nation for cyclists, despite six months of frigid temperatures, icy roads and corrosive salt. As the popularity of cycling continues to grow, government agencies from the feds down have increased spending on bicycling infrastructure and upkeep. Every year it seems as if miles of new black ribbon open up to enthusiastic riders.

03/06/2015

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Many What-Ifs Fill Project List For Dayton Roads Plan

The Minnesota Department of Transportation offered more details Monday about a project list that would sprout from Gov. Mark Dayton’s $6 billion road-funding request, providing wide-ranging estimates to arrive at the need.

03/02/2015

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Coming Snow Pushes Back Closures On SB I-35E

Overnight snow forecasted for Tuesday pushed back the start of a construction campaign that would close part of southbound Interstate 35E and the ramp from Little Canada Road.

03/02/2015

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Speed Limit To Increase On 2-Lane Highways In North, West Minn.

Do you have the need for speed? Well, you’re in luck! In the next few weeks roughly 340 miles of highways in northern and western Minnesota will get higher speed limits, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

02/27/2015

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3 MnDOT Plows Hit On SE Minn. Roads Wednesday Morning

At least one person was injured Wednesday morning when three Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows were rear ended. MnDOT officials say the accidents occurred within three hours of each other on roads in the southeastern part of the state. Visibility has been an issue on these roads due to windy conditions and light-weight snow.

02/25/2015

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MnDOT Gears Up For Pothole Season

Pothole season in Minnesota usually starts at the end of February, and that time has come. But as our winter has been mild, this year may not be as bad. MnDOT hopes our mild winter continues, because the less snow and ice, the more attention they can give to potholes.

02/23/2015

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Despite Mild Temperatures, Potholes Still Cost Big Money In Minnesota

Peak pothole season usually starts at the end of February, and last year’s brutal winter left a big and expensive pothole problem. Even though this year is milder, we’re likely to see lots of potholes popping up in the next couple of months.

02/22/2015

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MnDOT Seeks Input On Standardized Bicycle Plan

Cyclists listen up! The state wants your input as it continues to develop a standardized bicycle plan. MnDOT is holding an open house at the U of M’s Urban Research and Outreach Center Wednesday.

02/11/2015

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Snow And Ice Are No Match For This Mpls. Sidewalk

Snow plows have been out since 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, getting ready for ice, slush and snow. “We put down the chemicals to help break up the ice that was heading our way this morning,” MnDOT’s Kevin Walker said.

02/10/2015

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Semi Rollover Blocks 3 Lanes Of Traffic In Fridley

A semi-truck rollover in Fridley has blocked three lanes of traffic on westbound Interstate 694 Tuesday morning. MnDOT video of the area shows huge back-ups building up behind the crash, which occurred near University Avenue.

02/10/2015

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MnDOT Announces West Metro Construction Projects

MnDOT says crews will mostly be working to patch up the roads and bridges on parts of Hwy 100 beginning in April. The project is expected to last about two years.

WCCO-TV–02/09/2015

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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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Reality Check: Last Winter’s Snow Removal Cost Minnesota $136M

Two words we learned last year that we hope we don’t hear again anytime soon: Polar Vortex. Last winter set new records for Minnesota cold, and now we’ve learned it also set a new record for how much money was spent on snow and ice removal.

01/30/2015

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Brookston Man Dead Following Head-On Collision With Snow Plow

State Patrol reports say a 19-year-old swerved into oncoming traffic on Highway 2 and collided with a MNDOT snow plow in St. Louis County.

01/29/2015

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Guy On A Bike: Ghost Bikes

Whether you ride a bicycle or not, chances are you’ve noticed an all-white bicycle locked up near an intersection. Often times they look neglected, as if they have been there for some time. They are known as Ghost Bikes and serve as a constant and somber reminder of a life lost while cycling.

01/24/2015

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Good Question: Is MN’s Road Construction Season Year-Round?

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.

01/14/2015

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3 State Troopers, 1 Driver Struck On Minn. Roads

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.

01/08/2015

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Snow Emergency Declared In Plymouth

Plymouth becomes the first city in the metro area to declare a snow emergency Thursday. City officials say the emergency will go into effect Thursday night at 10 p.m. Blizzard conditions are causing chaos on roads throughout the state

01/08/2015

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Officials Advise No Unnecessary Travel In Parts Of Minnesota

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.

01/06/2015

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Central Avenue Reopens In NE Minneapolis

A main thoroughfare in Northeast Minneapolis has reopened after being closed for much of 2014. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that Central Avenue reopened to traffic on Tuesday.

12/16/2014

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