Winter Litterers Blamed For Millions In Road Clean-Up CostsMinnesota's early snow melt means a rapid start to a messy job this time of year -- picking up roadside trash.
Keep An Eye Out For Motorcyclists As They Return To Minn. RoadsMinnesotans are bringing out their motorcycles for the first time this season. While the weather is perfect for riding, other factors make this time of year especially dangerous for bikers.
Dayton Doubts GOP Commitment To Solving Road-Fund QuandaryFrustrated by a transportation plan stuck in neutral at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton ramped up pressure Thursday on majority House Republicans to produce a viable alternative to his multi-billion dollar proposal for roadwork and mass-transit projects. Dayton joined Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk in questioning the GOP's commitment to tackling the transportation-funding issue this year as the session nears its midpoint.
Dayton, Democrats Push Forward $10 Billion Transportation ProposalMinnesota democrats are showing a united front in the push for a multi-billion dollar transportation project. Gov. Mark Dayton and top democrats want to raise the gas tax to pay for road and bridge improvements.
Strain On Federal Highway Fund Colors Minnesota Roads DebateIn making his case for higher state transportation taxes, Gov. Mark Dayton regularly points to a slowing flow of money from Washington for highway construction as a reason Minnesota taxpayers are stuck with a bigger burden. "It's not going to come from the federal government. It's not going to come from the sky," Dayton bluntly told a delegation from Bemidji during its annual Capitol lobbying day. "So it's going to have to come from our pockets."
Snow And Ice Are No Match For This Mpls. SidewalkSnow 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.
Dayton Pushes Gas Tax Hike In New Transportation PlanGov. Mark Dayton's plan for transportation would repair or replace 2,200 miles of state roads and 330 bridges, but would come at a noticeable cost to taxpayers. Dayton released a large-scale proposal Monday that depends on adding a new 6.5 percent tax on gas and higher vehicle registration fees.
Big Gap In Road-Fixing Plans Means Bigger Fight At CapitolA wide gulf between how Republicans, Democrats and business groups want to tackle the state's multibillion-dollar backlog of road and bridge repairs all but guarantees that what's been billed as the biggest fight of the 2015 legislative session will live up to the hype. House Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday that would tap a projected budget surplus and shave spending at the Department of Transportation to fund $750 million in repairs over the next four years.
MnDOT: November Is Peak Time For Deer-Car CollisionsTransportation officials are urging drivers to watch for deer as November is the peak time for deer-car collisions in Minnesota.
Patrol: Nearly 200 Crashes As Storm Moves OutAs the season's first snow storm moved out of the state, there were almost 200 crashes on Minnesota roads. Lt. Eric Roeske of the State Patrol said that of Tuesday evening there were 172 crashes and 140 spin-outs, which injured 30 people and killed two.
Road Salt Prices Jump, But MnDOT Says They’re PreparedAs 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.
Behind-The-Scenes Look At MnDOT Traffic OperationsNext 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.
St. Paul To Begin Tackling 11 Of The ‘Terrible 20’ RoadsSt. Paul officials are laying out their plan to fix about half of the city's "Terrible 20" roads. Eleven roads will undergo maintenance beginning the week of Sept. 8, and the work is expected to run until mid-October.
Minnesota Nets $5 Million To Fix Flood-Hit Roads 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.
Minnesota Starts Stabilizing Flood-Damaged HighwayMinnesota officials have hired a contractor to start stabilizing a highway closed by flood and mudslide damage. The Minnesota Department of Transportation tells the Mankato Free Press that GeoStabilization International of Grand Junction, Colorado, has begun work on Highway 19.