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News Release
December 12, 2010




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Icy roads make hazardous driving conditions



ROCHESTER, Minn. - (11:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel in southeastern Minnesota due to snow-compacted and icy roads caused by the recent storm, including accumulations of heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

Westbound Interstate 90 from Albert Lea to the South Dakota border continues to be closed until further notice. Numerous highways are currently single lane throughout the area. No additional closures of interstate highways or other roads are anticipated at this time.

MnDOT crews are doing their part to make highways safe; however, subzero temperatures have restricted the use of chemicals, rendering them ineffective. It is anticipated that ice-covered roads will not improve until mid-week, until temperatures climb higher.

If you must travel, MnDOT reminds motorists to follow safe winter driving practices, including:

For updated information about road conditions, call 511 or click on






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