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March 11, 2024

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Smoke visible on Hwy 52 near Pine Island beginning March 11 as MnDOT burns wood piles

PINE ISLAND, Minn. — Motorists on Highway 52 between Pine Island and Oronoco may see smoke beginning Monday, March 11 as crews burn wood piles to dispose of branches and other wood debris, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn area warning of the potential of smoke along Highway 52 near Exit 68, the Elk Run interchange. Wood from tree cutting and trimming work is in a contained area east of Highway 52 northbound at Exit 68 on MnDOT right of way and will be burned through the week, March 11-15.

Drivers traveling too fast and not paying attention are the main causes of work zone crashes. Follow these safe driving tips:

  • Obey posted speed limits. The fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Drive undistracted. Avoid using phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating – while in work zones.
  • Move over. Give workers room to safely complete their work.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Avoid making unnecessary lane changes.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
  • Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day you could experience lane shifts, closures, narrower lanes, moving workers and vehicles.

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