Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 6, 2018

MnDOT seeks partnership with land owners to install snow fences

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Transportation District 4 is looking to partner with land owners to install snow fences in open areas along state Hwy s. This project will help increase safety during the snow and ice season and decrease the use of salt on our roadways.

Currently, District 4 has 276 snow traps that cause major road way issues during snow and ice events. Along these stretches, MnDOT will work with land owners to install one of three types of snow fences: structural, living (trees/shrubs) or vegetative (corn rows or hay bales). Some existing snow fence locations that motorists can see include: Hwy 10 west of Glyndon, Hwy 210 in Wilkin County, Interstate 94 Barnesville, I-94 Rothsay, and Hwy 34 west of Dunvilla.

Land owners who are eligible to participate may receive negotiated compensation. MnDOT can purchase or lease the parcel, depending on the project type agreed upon by MnDOT and the land owner.

Interested land owners should contact Kohl Skalin, 218-846-7943, to determine if they are candidates for the program.

District 4 is comprised of more than 1,567 miles of state Hwy across 12 counties in northwestern Minnesota: Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilken.

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