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May 25, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
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St. Paul, MN 55155-1899


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MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones during Memorial Day weekend
Use 511 to plan trips, avoid traffic delays

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Memorial Day weekend approaches and summer construction roadwork around the state revs up, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones.

By visiting or calling 5-1-1, motorists can plan their trips with the latest statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information.

While the department will suspend work on many projects during the long weekend, motorists may still encounter detours and traffic restrictions as well as rough road surfaces and narrowed traffic lanes on heavily traveled routes, including:


Twin Cities Metro area


Greater Minnesota


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 2011, there were 1,796 crashes that resulted in eight deaths and 741 injuries in Minnesota state highway work zones alone, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

MnDOT encourages motorists to follow these recommendations while driving, and especially when encountering work zones:







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