Snow Cleanup Continues; MnDot Says Beware of Heavy Equipment

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WILLMAR, Minn. – Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) staff are cleaning up after a weekend storm impacted travel throughout southwest Minnesota. The majority of roads are currently partially or completely snow covered, with icy patches in unprotected areas.

As part of cleanup efforts, MnDOT crews are operating heavy equipment, such as dozers and blowers, along roadsides throughout southwest Minnesota. MnDOT asks the public’s assistance in protecting the work zone of snowplows and other heavy equipment operating on state roads and shoulders.

MnDOT is thanking motorists for their support during this winter of heavy snow and subzero temperatures. Good winter driving habits are greatly appreciated by their snow and ice removal crews:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org.
  • Be patient and remember that heavy equipment operators are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind plows, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows and other heavy equipment that turns or exits frequently and often with little warning.
  • Manually turn on headlights.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Be aware that heavy equipment typically moves at slower speeds.
  • Reduce distractions; concentrate on driving.

The public can view winter road conditions from plow cameras available through the 511mn.org website. Please note that not all plows have cameras. Road conditions on major highways can also be viewed through the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), which is also part of 511. These are fixed cameras at 91 locations across the state that show live rotating photos. While the RWIS cameras show a small area of the road, the plow cameras show real-time road conditions as snowplows plow their routes.

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