Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 23, 2017

MnDOT displays technology, innovation at State Fair

Snelling Avenue work between Como Avenue, Hwy 36 suspended during fair; all lanes open

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Motorists see the orange in work zones during construction season, but might not know how the Minnesota Department of Transportation uses innovation and technology to be more efficient in its work, including managing traffic, ensuring work zone safety and building bridges. Fairgoers are encouraged to visit the agency’s exhibits at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair and meet transportation professionals to gain a fuller understanding of Minnesota’s transportation system.

You’ll find MnDOT staff at several locations.

The display in the Education Building showcases how MnDOT uses innovation and technology to be more efficient, and also:

  • Features key technology improvements that help manage traffic congestion around work zones
  • Highlights the newly opened St. Croix River bridge and provides visitors with a hands-on display of some of the parts that make up the bridge
  • Promotes 511mn.org as a way to get up-to-date road information, which now includes road condition photos taken straight from our snowplows

Visit MnDOT in the Kick Gas exhibit located in the Eco Experience Building. At this exhibit, visitors will:

  • Learn about vehicle pollution, ways to reduce vehicle use and improve mileage
  • Learn safe walking behaviors in “Safety Town”
  • Increase knowledge of transit, car and bike sharing

MnDOT engineers also will be participating in STEM Day at the Fair, Thursday, Aug. 24. Bring children K-12 to engage in science, technology, engineering and math activities in Dan Patch Park.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the snowplow and GoMobile Aug. 29-31 at 2 p.m. in the daily parade.

Fair goers can pick up state highway maps in the Education Building and state bike maps in the Eco Experience building.

Work on the Snelling Avenue construction project from Como Avenue to Highway 36 will be suspended and all lanes will be open through Labor Day. Construction resumes Tuesday, Sept. 5. Using public transportation or commuting by bike can be a great option to avoid traffic congestion.