Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Northeast Minnesota Regional Information

MnDOT District 1

Traveling in the northeast

Map of MnDOT District 1, covering Northeast Minnesota.

Traffic and roads

Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" in Duluth

The Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" in Duluth runs from November 18 through December 26. Interstate 35 and local streets will be congested the evenings of this event. Please check out the Bentleyville website for event times, travel and parking tips. MnDOT is not affiliated with this event and any questions or concerns should be directed to Bentleyville.

Coffee & Conversation quarterly meetings

Join us at our quarterly "Coffee & Conversation" meetings in Virginia. Each quarter we will feature a presentation about a MnDOT transportation topic, then follow with time for questions and answers. Meetings will be held at the address below. Please contact Beth Petrowske 218-725-2708 if you have questions or have a suggestion for a topic. We hope you can join us!

MnDOT Headquarters in Virginia
101 N. Hoover Rd., Virginia, Minnesota

Coffee & Conversation Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Topic: To be announced
Presenter: To be announced

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Topic: To be announced
Presenter: To be announced

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Topic: To be announced
Presenter: To be announced

MnDOT winter road maintenance operations and winter driving safety tips” was the first topic presented at the Coffee and Conversation meeting held Dec. 7 in Virginia. Chris Cheney (left), MnDOT District 1 Maintenance superintendent, presented most of the almost two hour program. Cheney provided information about snow and ice removal, staffing, equipment, material usage and warmer-weather activities.


All are welcome to attend and learn about MnDOT and transportation-related issues.


















Past Coffee and Conversation meetings

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Topic: MnDOT winter road maintenance operations and winter driving safety tips
Presenter: Chris Cheney, MnDOT District 1 Maintenance superintendent

Flashing warning Systems

Five, new flashing warning light systems, designed with the latest technology, have been installed on Hwy 23/Grand Avenue to improve pedestrian safety. The systems feature flashing strobes that activate when the button is pushed. This lets drivers know that a pedestrian is attempting to cross the road. Pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to use these systems correctly. Please make sure you and your family know how they work.
  • Remember to push the button to activate the strobes. They won’t activate unless the button is pushed.
  • Always watch to see that drivers have seen you prior to stepping into the roadway. Make eye-contact with them and make sure they are preparing to stop.
  • On multi-lane roadways, make sure drivers in all lanes are stopping.
  • Be especially cautious crossing at night. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing so drivers’ can see you.
  • Be aware that when the strobes are flashing, a pedestrian is attempting to cross the road and you need to stop.
  • State law requires that drivers come to a complete stop for pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks and at all intersections — with or without pavement markings.
  • Stop two to three car-lengths in front of crosswalks so drivers in the next lane can see people crossing the road.
  • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians. Pedestrians may cross the road at locations that don’t have crosswalk markings or signs.

Winter operations