Travelers are urged to use caution in work zones over Memorial Day weekend
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through Hwy work zones over Memorial Day weekend.
Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in Hwy work zones. Plan ahead, think about alternate routes and go to www.511mn.org before you leave home to get information about road construction and detours.
“We are working on hundreds of construction projects around the state,” said Sue Mulvihill, deputy commissioner and chief engineer. “It is critical that drivers pay attention and slow down in work zones and make it a safe weekend for everyone.”
Hwy projects that may affect weekend travel May 23-26 include:
Twin Cities area
- Southbound Hwy 169 between Hwy 62 and Valley View Road – closed; traffic will be detoured to westbound Hwy 212 and eastbound Interstate 494
- 35E in St. Paul – lane and ramp closures
- I-94 in Monticello – narrow lanes, reduced speed limits
- Hwy 10 interchange construction in Rice – narrow lanes and reduced speeds
- Hwy 95 in Cambridge – closed with detour
- I-35 near Cloquet - lane closures
- Hwy 2 in Duluth - Bong Bridge construction
- Hwy 18 - Hwy 47 junction to the County Road 61 – lane closures
- Hwy 29 in Alexandria closed between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue
- I-35 in Owatonna - single lane traffic in both directions
- Hwy 7 and Hwy 22 closed from Cosmos to Hutchinson
- Hwy 14 closed from Florence to Tracy
- Hwy 24 closed from Litchfield to Hwy 15
- Hwy 52 south of Cannon Falls – lane closures
- Hwy 63 closed south of Stewartville
- Hwy 212 closed from Dawson to Hwy 59
Check www.511mn.org for additional road information.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the deadliest on Minnesota roads..
The four-year average (2010-13) for work zone crashes is 1,817 crashes and seven fatalities per year.
MnDOT reminds motorists to follow these guidelines when driving through work zones:
- Stay alert, especially at night.
- Obey posted speed limits. Fines may double for violations in work zones.
- Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day, you could experience lane shifts, closures or moving workers and vehicles.
- Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
- Don’t make unnecessary lane changes.
- Stay off cell phones and mobile devices.
- Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency or maintenance vehicles, including ambulance, fire, law enforcement or maintenance and construction vehicles.
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