Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 19, 2016

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MnDOT urges motorists to slow down in work zone south of Thief River Falls

Increased traffic control instituted on Highway 59 south of Thief River Falls

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone on Highway 59 south of Thief River Falls.

Steve Hufnagle, maintenance sub-area supervisor, said MnDOT crews have been repairing cracks along the highway centerline between Brooks and Thief River Falls and cautions drivers to slow down in the work zone.

“We’ve been having issue with motorists driving too fast through the work zone,” he said. “In order to make it safer for everyone we are increasing the traffic control through the work zone.”

A pilot car will be used to assist motorists through the work zone and travelers should plan for delays of up to five minutes.

MnDOT reminds motorists to:

  • Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions
  • Don’t use cell phones or text while driving
  • Follow posted speed limits; fines are higher in work zones
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times

For real-time travel information and road conditions anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.