MnDOT Urges Caution On Minnesota Roads over Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend means there will be a lot of people traveling throughout the Northland. While it may seem like road construction crews have will have the weekend off, the fact of the matter is that there will be some workers out on the road throughout the holiday weekend.
With that in mind, the Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists traveling during the 2022 Memorial Day holiday weekend to slow down, drive safely and lookout for work crews.
Brian Kary, traffic operations director for MnDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center, offers simple advice:
“While daily traffic volumes in the Metro area are still slightly down, we anticipate Memorial Day travel statewide will be similar to pre-pandemic levels. Motorists should drive the speed limit and be prepared to slow down or stop – especially as they approach and travel through work zones.”
MnDOT adds that all motorists should check 511mn.org and plan their routes before they hit the road. Also, all motorists should expect quickly changing road conditions, slower traffic, narrow lanes, lane shifts, detours and delays as they travel through work zones throughout the state.
While there will be road construction projects throughout the state, some significant work zones to watch for May 26–30 in Northern Minnesota include:
- Highway 61 Stewart River and Silver Creek – Bridge bypass at Silver Creek, narrow lanes, no shoulders. Kelsey Beach parking lot at Stewart River is closed.
- Highway 123 Sandstone – Lane closures and detours.
- Highway 194 – Lane shifts and lane closures at the Highway 194/Highway 53 intersection.
- Highway 92 Zerkel – Detour. Closed between County Road 35 and Highway 200.
- Highway 71 Bemidji – Reduced speed limit, narrow lanes and lane shifts.
- Highway 75 Crookston – Watch for closed lanes, flaggers and pilot car operations.
Regardless of where Memorial Day weekend takes you, or any weekend for that matter, it's always a great idea to drive with caution, especially around work zones.
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