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May 23, 2013




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MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones during Memorial Day weekend


ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones this Memorial Day weekend. 


Plan ahead, think about alternate routes or go to to get advance information about road construction and detours.


“With hundreds of construction projects going on around the state, work zone safety is crucial during this busy weekend,” said Mike Barnes, MnDOT’s Operations director. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones and make it a safe weekend for everyone.”


Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 24-27 include the following:



Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the deadliest on Minnesota roads during the spring and summer months. Safe driving during the long weekend ranks as a paramount concern for the departments of Transportation and Public Safety and law enforcement agencies statewide.


In 2012, there were 1,931 total crashes in Minnesota work zones—three individuals were killed.


The 3-year average (2010-12) for work zone crashes is 1,819 crashes and seven fatalities per year.





MnDOT reminds motorists to follow these guidelines when entering and driving through work zones: