Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 5, 2016

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Highway safety improvement project in northwest Minnesota begins May 9

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists traveling in Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau counties may encounter lane closures and slight delays as crews install centerline rumble strips on the following highways:

  • Highway 11 from Roseau to Warroad
  • Highway 32 from Thief River Falls to St. Hilaire
  • Highway 59 from Thief River Falls to Erskine

Surface Preparation Technologies is the contractor for the $151,000 project which is scheduled to begin May 9. It is expected to last two weeks, weather permitting.

Centerline rumble strips are low-cost, effective safety measures that reduce head on crashes to ensure a safer roadway for motorists in the region. Some common driver related factors that contribute to lane departure crashes are: inexperience, fatigue and drowsiness, and distracted driving.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones: stay alert; watch for signs, equipment and workers; minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking; avoid tailgating; follow posted speed limits and directional signs; and stay in one lane while driving through the work zone.
For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.

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