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News Release
May 18, 2012




Minnesota Department
of Transportation
District 3


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Micro surfacing projects begins May 21 in Stearns, Sherburne and Wright counties

Motorists may encounter night lane closures


ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Motorists should plan for minor traffic delays, weekday intermittent lane closures, traffic shifts and reduced speeds in three central Minnesota counties beginning Monday, May 21, as crews begin a micro surfacing project.


Drivers are urged to slow down and be alert for lanes closures, flaggers, and pilot cars directing traffic through the work zone.  This work also includes heavy, slow-moving equipment and loose gravel on the roadway surface.


Work on the following roadways will be conducted at night. Motorists will be directed through the work zone by a pilot car on two lane roadways and flaggers:


This work is scheduled to be completed by late June, weather permitting.


MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.


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Traveling safely through the work zone

Pilot Car Safety


The Hwy 24 and Hwy 25 roadwork will utilize a signed car to lead traffic through the work zone at a safe speed. This car is called a pilot car. A “PILOT CAR FOLLOW ME” sign will be displayed on the rear of this vehicle.


There will be only one lane of traffic open during this construction project. A flagger will release traffic to follow the pilot car to the other end of construction where a second flagger will be holding traffic from the opposing lane. Traffic will only be released to a pilot car going in the same direction.


If you are entering the roadway where crews are working by a driveway or intersection, you must wait for the pilot car and vehicles following to pass you. Then you must travel in the same direction as the pilot car.


Do not travel in the opposite direction of the pilot car and the vehicles following it.


Pilot Car Safety Graphic


Pay Attention or Pay the Price