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The heat is on. WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that high temperatures in the Twin Cities could top 50 degrees on Monday. On Sunday, temperatures reached into the 40s.
It’s not bad if you’re in town in Waconia, protected by buildings and trees, but venture out into the open and it gets downright nasty.
Last week’s storm was nasty by most Minnesotans’ standards, but road salt researchers at Minnesota State University in Mankato think it was perfect. Civil engineering professor Steve Druschel and two of his students went under a bridge to collect samples of murky road melt from the highway above.
Huge snow drifts and blowing snow greeted many as they woke Friday, the day after a blizzard invaded southern Minnesota.
From side streets to major highways, it was slow going throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota no matter where you were headed on Friday. Many drivers struggled even getting onto the roads as they had to dig their cars out of the snow that fell overnight.
A large coalition of transportation, business and labor interests called Tuesday for a new 5 percent sales tax on fuel in Minnesota to help raise money for roads and transit projects.
The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.
State officials say there were no DWI-related deaths on Minnesota roads over the Super Bowl weekend. While data shows authorities did arrest 175 drivers for DWI, there were no deaths where alcohol played a factor, the Department of Public Safety says.
Gov. Mark Dayton has issued an emergency order to help stranded motorists caught in Minnesota’s cold wave.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.
A new coalition of over 130 businesses, labor unions and advocacy groups is pushing for a large infusion of state money for roads and transit. The group, Move MN, kicked off its effort Thursday. But any proposed transportation tax hikes will face a difficult environment when lawmakers return at the end of February.
Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is directing $300 million into ten highway construction projects meant to break up bottlenecks and improve freight movement around the state. Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced the projects Thursday.
It’s one of the most common complaints from anyone driving downtown: timing the traffic lights to get a string of greens is a bit like hitting the lottery. But for anyone rushing between appointments or trying to get home after a long day at the office, shaving minutes off the daily commute is a payoff worth every penny.