Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Oct. 22, 2018

Prescribed burning occurring Oct. 22 along Interstate 90 near Eyota

Motorists on Interstate 90 near Eyota may see smoke from prescribed burns on Monday, Oct. 22, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The area of I-90 south of Eyota and west of the Highway 42 interchange (Exit 224) is scheduled to be burned as part of MnDOT’s regular vegetation management when weather conditions are ideal before winter.

Motorists will encounter signs as they approach the burn areas warning of the potential of smoke. Motorists should be attentive and watch for the burn crews, who are monitoring these efforts. Prescribed burns are scheduled during optimal weather conditions to ensure safety and effectiveness.

MnDOT performs the prescribed burning of grassland vegetation along many roadsides, which provides for optimal vegetation health. Healthy roadside vegetation provides safer clear zones, stabilizes soil, conveys runoff, and treats stormwater runoff. Healthy roadside vegetation also provides additional benefits such as preserving populations of rare species and making roadsides more attractive. Fire also promotes tall native grasses and forbs that trap blowing snow and prevent it from drifting across the road. Native prairie vegetation is planted along highway right of way to reduce the amount of mowing needed, which saves taxpayer money.

Other sites in southeast Minnesota may be burned this fall, depending on weather conditions. MnDOT will issue alerts in advance.

For more information on MnDOT’s prescribed fire vegetation management program, visit mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/fire.html.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to mndot.gov. To learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota, join our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

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