Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Aug. 24, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT celebrates 60th anniversary of interstate at State Fair

See snowplow, Minnesota GO mobile in parades on Aug. 29, Sept. 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Do you wonder how transportation affects your daily life or have questions about road projects near you? Fairgoers are encouraged to visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s booth at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair and learn how transportation helps to improve Minnesotans’ quality of life. 

MnDOT’s booth is located in the Education Building at 1372 Cosgrove Street. Transportation staff will greet visitors 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, from Thursday, Aug. 25, through Labor Day.

Exhibit highlights include a look at:

  • Building the interstate system in Minnesota, which marks its  60th anniversary this year
  • Current and future construction projects, featuring the work underway that involves building the tallest bridge in Minnesota
  • The materials used to build roads, and the effect that time and use have on them
  • How transportation keeps Minnesotans connected and how it fosters economic growth
  • How transportation is funded in Minnesota and what the future holds for the state’s aging infrastructure

Then, ready your cameras and take photos with MnDOT’s favorite retro figure, “Work Zone Charlie Brown.” Share your selfies by using the hashtag, #MnDOTattheFair.

Visitors also may pick up a 2015-2016 state highway map at the booth.  

Watch for a MnDOT snowplow and the Minnesota GO mobile in the fair’s 2 p.m. parade on Monday, Aug. 29, and on Thursday, Sept. 1.

MnDOT is also participating at the Eco Experience exhibit in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue, where staff will hand out state bicycle maps.