MnDOT advises no travel on I-35 from Iowa border to Faribault
ALBERT LEA, Minn. (9:35 p.m.) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation has issued a no travel advisory on Interstate 35 from the Iowa border to Faribault, because of poor visibility and a number of vehicle crashes.
The advisory have been in place Thursday evening and MnDOT will announce a change in status via its District 6 Twitter feed: http://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast.
The advisory is in place to because of blowing snow conditions. MnDOT snowplows are on the roads, but conditions are challenging. Motorists may use the road, but MnDOT is advising no travel until conditions improve.
MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at www.511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/workzone/winter.html.
In southeast Minnesota there are 101 snowplows that work the state highways in the 11-county MnDOT District 6 plowing 3,774 lane miles. During winter weather events, MnDOT routinely deploys two shifts of drivers in the snowplows, who can keep the snowplowing effort going around the clock by working 12-hour shifts.