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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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December Rain Complicating Treatment Of Minnesota Roads

This weekend’s winter warm-up gave Minnesota golfers extra time on the green.

12/15/2014

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MnDOT: November Is Peak Time For Deer-Car Collisions

Transportation officials are urging drivers to watch for deer as November is the peak time for deer-car collisions in Minnesota.

11/17/2014

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MnDOT Crews Hope To Combat Icy Roads Overnight

Crews across the state are working to clear the roads before ice becomes a bigger problem. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says the timing of the storm made things tough Monday morning. They pre-treated several roads, but Mother Nature usually wins.

11/10/2014

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Minn. Sees More Than A Foot Of Snow In Season’s 1st Storm

The flakes of the season’s first major snow storm began falling on Minnesota Monday morning, and by the time the clouds clear out Tuesday, around a foot of snow could blanket a swath of the state.

11/10/2014

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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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13 Major Road Construction Projects To Be Accelerated In Minn.

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.

10/07/2014

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Portions Of I-35E To Close Monday Night In St. Paul

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.

10/06/2014

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Road Salt Prices Jump, But MnDOT Says They’re Prepared

As we shift into fall, state leaders are already thinking about clearing snow from the roads. And in some cases, what they’re finding is a big increase in the price of road salt. The demand for road salt is outpacing the supply. A trade group for salt mines says they can’t produce it as fast as states and cities are ordering it.

09/30/2014

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Lawmakers Call Congested Freight Rails A ‘Growing Crisis’

Minnesota lawmakers are turning up the heat on the state’s major railroads to do something to alleviate congestion that’s costing the state millions of dollars.

09/30/2014

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Good Questions: Dish Water, Dog Colds & Traffic Times

Amanda from Golden Valley and her husband have a standing argument. They asked for our help in resolving this important issue: Should you rinse your dishes in warm or cold water? According to University of St. Thomas nutrition expert Jeannemarie Beiseigel, hot water (110 degrees or higher) is recommended because it helps remove dirt and debris. It also speeds the drying of dishes.

09/26/2014

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Overturned Semi Blocks Southbound I-35 In Shoreview

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that an overturned semi truck was blocking traffic on Interstate 35W near Shoreview, Minn. Monday and afternoon.

09/22/2014

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Pedestrian Bridge Struck By Truck To Be Removed

A pedestrian bridge that was struck by a semi truck earlier this week will be removed. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the bridge that spans 55-feet over Highway 14 will be dismantled by crews using a heavy-duty crane Tuesday afternoon.

09/09/2014

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MnDOT: A Semi Hit A Pedestrian Bridge, Now It’s Being Torn Down

MnDOT says it plans to tear down a pedestrian bridge near St. Mary’s University in Winona after it was struck by a semi-truck Monday afternoon. The bridge, which spans Highway 14 and is part of the university campus, will be removed as soon as equipment can get to the scene, officials say.

09/08/2014

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Lake Street Reopens At I-35W After Accident

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.

09/08/2014

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I-494 Closure May Cause Weekend Traffic Headaches

It will be a busy traffic weekend in the metro. The Minnesota Twins are in town and the Gophers have a football game at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. But the biggest traffic headache is going to be at Interstate 494 and Cedar Avenue.

09/05/2014

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MnDOT Commissioner Breaks Down Major State Road Projects

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.

08/16/2014

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