Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 18, 2016

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Deteriorating road conditions reported in northeastern Minnesota

Travel not advised in northern Aitkin, central St. Louis, Itasca and southern Koochiching Counties

DULUTH, Minn.— (3:50 p.m.) Travel is not advised in northern Aitkin, central St. Louis, Itasca and southern Koochiching Counties according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are causing near zero visibility in many areas.

The State Patrol has reported more than one dozen spinouts and crashes on I-35 south of Duluth. Motorists travelling in northeastern Minnesota are advised to slow down and use extreme caution.

MnDOT plows are out in full-force however, snow, ice and compaction can cause a recently-plowed road to become slippery again very quickly. MnDOT will continue plowing 24/7 until the roads are clear.

MnDOT snow plow operators are doing their part to make highways safe. Motorists should remember to:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone.

For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.

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