Highways in south central Minnesota open but slippery
Watch for snowplows doing clean-up the remainder of the week
MANKATO, Minn. – (4 p.m.) All state highways in MnDOT District 7’s 13 counties (south central, Minnesota) are open to motorists including Interstate 90 from South Dakota to Alden, according to officials at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Motorists are advised that while the roads are open to traffic, road conditions may range from good to poor with numerous slippery spots. The public can check road conditions at 511mn.org .
Motorists can expect to see snowplows and other equipment throughout the remainder of the week in clean-up operations pushing and blowing snow drifts back to make room for additional snowfall. MnDOT reminds motorists to stay clear of these operations and give the crews room to work for everyone’s safety. MnDOT snowplow drivers have experienced numerous snowplow hits this winter.
MnDOT snowplow operators will do their part to make highways safe and motorists should remember to:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off the cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map at 511mn.org
For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.
MnDOT advises motorists to check road conditions before traveling. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.