BAXTER, Minn. - Minnesota grown plants will be installed
along the west side Highway 371 just north of Little Falls and
south of Fort Ripley beginning early June, according to the Minnesota
Department of Transportation.
The plantings create a living snow fence-a natural barrier that
disrupts the flow of wind blown snow and keeps it from reaching
the roadway. They create turbulence that disrupts the winds
force and stops the snow.
Gullickson, a forester and MnDOTs project manager, said
the program creates benefits for both participants and the public.
MnDOT benefits from lower highway maintenance costs for plowing
and removing ice and snow in fence-protected areas. The public
gains a safer trip on a highway more likely to be free of drifts
and icy patches.
For more information on living snow fences, visit the projects
Web site: www.dot.state.mn.us/environment/livingsnowfence/.
Impacts to traffic will be minimal since the work is conducted
off the roadway. Motorists should slow down and watch for delivery
vehicles in the area where crews are working.
Work is expected to be completed by July 20.
The project is one of nearly 100 Minnesota road and bridge projects
that will be funded with $502 million in federal economic stimulus
Hoffman and McNamara is the prime contractor for the $200,000
project, funded by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was signed into law Feb.
For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel
information, visit www.511mn.org.