The Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages all motorists who choose to travel during the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend to focus on safety when driving through work zones and when interacting with others off the road.
“Minnesotans have a long tradition of observing Memorial Day with travel to meet with and support family and friends throughout the state,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher in a news release. “While MnDOT traditionally promotes safe travel – especially through work zones – we also want to remind all travelers this year to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing, keeping travel close to home and following other state and federal health guidelines, whether on or off the roadway.”
MnDOT data show traffic volumes have increased sharply in most parts of the state since Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay Safe MN order went into effect May 18. Motorists should plan their routes and expect quickly changing road conditions, slower traffic, narrow lanes, lane shifts, detours and delays as they travel through work zones throughout the state.
Some significant work zones that will require every driver’s full attention through Monday include Central Minnesota:
Highway 47 Isle to Ogilvie — Closed to through traffic, follow detour,
Highway 71 Long Prairie — Closed at bridge, follow detour,
Highway 10 Wadena — Lane shifts, narrow lanes. Detour access to Highway 71.
The changing road conditions in work zones require every driver’s undistracted attention. MnDOT urges motorists to be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
For a complete list of projects by highway or region, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists also can stay informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media and signing up for email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.
Road work continues to be a critical service. MnDOT states it 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.