Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 28, 2018

MnDOT conducts aerial photography in northwestern Minnesota

Residents asked not to disturb temporary targets

BEMIDJI, Minn. – In a sure sign of spring, the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins its transition away from snowplow operations by conducting aerial mapping in northwestern Minnesota.

Aerial mapping will take place in the following locations:

  • Highway 2 between Erskine and Fosston
  • Highway 2 between Cass County Road 91 and Itasca County Road 89
  • Highway 34 between Osage and Park Rapids
  • Highway 59 between Brooks and Thief River Falls
  • Highway 72 in the City of Baudette
  • Highway 87 between Highway 64 and Highway 71
  • Highway 92 between Clearwater County Road 35 and Highway 200 at Zerkel
  • Highway 200 between Highway 71 and Clearwater County Road 2 at Itasca State Park
  • Highway 371 between Hackensack and Highway 200

The aerial survey process relies on clear observations, and must be conducted after the snow has melted and before the trees leaf out. To begin the process crews place an “X” on the ground as a reference point for the aerial photographer. Weather permitting; work will begin next week.

The mapping will create a record of existing infrastructure and landscape along MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and highway design. In order to obtain accurate aerial mapping, MnDOT crews will paint large white “X” targets on paved surfaces, and place plastic or fabric “X” targets on unpaved surfaces.

A survey crew then records the coordinate position and elevation of the temporary targets for the aerial photography company. The wood panel targets are temporary and will be removed when the photography is completed.

MnDOT requests that landowners not remove or disturb the targets until the photography is completed. If a target must be moved, please contact the MnDOT District 2 survey office at 218-755-6533 or by email at daniel.domeier@state.mn.us.

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