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MnDOT urges motorists to drive carefully this Thanksgiving holiday

As holiday travel season approaches, the Minnesota Department of Transportation

(MnDOT) reminds motorists to use caution while driving across the state and to take advantage of the tools MnDOT makes available for safer, more predictable travel.

Travelers in the Duluth area should note that southbound Interstate 35 between Lake Avenue and 21st Avenue West is closed while crews repair deteriorated bridge piling under one pier. The repairs are expected to be completed in three to four weeks. For detour information, see

“Getting people safely from A to B during this holiday season is a team effort,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle, in a news release. “MnDOT does its part to keep our roads in good shape and clear of snow and ice, and motorists have the responsibility for driving attentively and according to the road conditions.”

Because weather can change quickly during this time of year, MnDOT urges motorists to know what the driving conditions are like before heading out.

MnDOT’s 511 travel information service provides road and winter driving conditions for the entire state and links to official weather information from the National Weather Service. 511 is available online at and by dialing 5-1-1.

Motorists also may download a free 511 application to get the same information on their smartphones and other mobile devices. The 511 mobile app is intended to be used before motorists hit the road and should never be used while driving, MnDOT reported.

Safety experts agree taking rest breaks is important, especially on long driving trips. Most of Minnesota’s rest areas are open and available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. For a complete listing of rest areas and their availability visit For safe driving at any time of the year, MnDOT advises motorists to: stay alert, especially at night; buckle up; obey posted speed limits; and drive for the conditions; avoid distractions; stay off cell phones and mobile devices.

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