Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

October 6, 2020

Hwy 7 snow fence construction near St. Bonifacius starts Oct. 6

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Beginning Oct. 6, crews will install living and structural snow fences on the north side of Highway 7 between Mayer and St. Bonifacius to reduce blowing snow, improve driver visibility, and prevent snow drifts and icy roads that can lead to stranded motorists.

Starting Oct. 6, the westbound Highway 7 shoulder will be periodically closed between County Road 10 and Oxford Avenue near St. Bonifacius daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 16. Drivers should watch for construction workers and vehicles working in and near the work area.

Snow fences are a cost effective method to reduce blowing snow and icy roads to improve safety. Snow fences trap snow as it blows across fields, piling it up before it reaches a road, farmstead or community.

For the Highway 7 project, two types of snow fences will be used: a structural snow fence and a living snow fence. A structural snow fence is built with materials and looks like a traditional fence. A living snow fence is built with trees, shrubs, native grasses and wildflowers located around a road to act as a barrier and trap snow before it reaches the road. 

Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and all Minnesotans. Crews continue to follow the guidance of state and federal health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about the snow fences, visit mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy21-282-jordan. For additional updates, ‘like’ MnDOT at www.facebook.com/mndot, and follow @mndotnews on Twitter.

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