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Driving a snowplow truck at night, during a snowstorm, is no easy task.

 

 

MnDOT snowplow trucks are equipped with front-mounted snow plows, wing plows, underbody plows, boxes for carrying dry deicing materials, pre-wetting tanks, high-visibility lighting, road temperature sensors and state-of-the-art communications equipment. Controlling all of this equipment and watching out for motorists requires 100 percent concentration.

 

Please do your part to help MnDOT plow drivers by giving them plenty of room to work.

 

 

The work isn't over when it stops snowing

 

Photo of a huge chute with snow blowing out and into a MnDOT snow plow truck at night.

 

Click on the picture above to see a short video of MnDOT crews working after a major snowstorm.

 

After the main travel lanes have been plowed and are in good winter driving condition, MnDOT snowplow operators begin "cleanup operations." During cleanup, shoulders are plowed,excess snow is hauled to storage areas and snow is removed from bridge decks and walkways. Clean up operations can last for several days after a major storm.

 

 

District 1 — Northeast Minnesota

 

About District 1
District 1 serves Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis counties. These eight counties in northeastern Minnesota comprise as District 1 of MnDOT.

 

District 1 represents one-fourth of the state’s total land area and has more than 1,600 miles of state highway. Our major industries rely heavily on a safe and efficient transportation system.


Services
The MnDOT team in District 1 plans, designs, constructs and maintains the state and federal highway systems within district boundaries. We also manage the aid and assistance given to county and city systems that qualify for state and federal dollars. District 1 provides transit, trail and rail transportation services as well.

 


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District 1 map showing tentatively scheduled 2014 to 2017 construction projects. Project scheduling is subject to change due to funding or other factors.

Click here for project details.

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District 1’s top priority is to preserve the existing transportation system. Our construction program emphasizes pavement replacement, drainage improvements, intersection upgrades, and bridge rehabilitation and replacement. In order to attain our priority, nearly all of the state road construction funds allocated to District 1 for the next 10 years will be directed to these preservation projects.


If you are interested in public involvement with our transportation projects, please go to District 1’s Area Transportation Partnership page for more information.

 

 

Photo of Dustin Peterson wearing reflective clothing and hardhat holding the damaged stop sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch for flaggers

 

Please obey work zone flaggers and watch out for workers in work zones.

 

In 2011 there were eight fatalities and approximately 1,613 crashes in Minnesota work zones.

 

MnDOT flagger Dustin Peterson holds a damaged sign after a near-miss that occurred in a Highway 61 work zone near Little Marais. Peterson tried to alert a motorist, who didn’t see him at the entrance to a work zone. He had to drop his stop sign and run into the ditch to avoid getting hit. The motorist slammed on his brakes and slid to a stop on top of the sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL ADVISORY


Hwy 210 from the eastern edge of the Jay Cooke State Park Campground to Fond du Lac is the only highway that remains closed due to June 19/20, 2012 flood damage.

 

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