Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Travelers are urged to use caution in work zones during July Fourth holiday

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones during the July Fourth holiday.
“While we shut down many projects over the Fourth of July holiday, there are still many work zones around the state that will affect travel,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones, plan ahead and perhaps consider alternate routes. Check www.511mn.org to get advance information about road construction and detours.”

Highway projects that may affect weekend travel July 3-5 include:
Twin Cities area
·        Interstate 494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
·        I-35E in St. Paul and Little Canada – lane and ramp closures
·        Highway 5 between St. Paul and Highway 55 – lane and ramp closures
·        Highway 5 between Waconia and Victoria – road closed, detour
·        Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
·        Highway 169 in Jordan – single-lane traffic in both directions, County Road 9 access closed, detour
Central Minnesota 
·        I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds, expect delays
·        Highway 169 along south shore of Lake Mille Lacs – bypass lanes, traffic delays
·        Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
West Central Minnesota 
·        Highway 12 between Atwater and Litchfield detoured
·        Highway 12 between Kerkhoven and Pennock detoured
Northern Minnesota   
·        Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Ball Club – lane shifts, flagging activities, some delays
·        Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – single-lane traffic in both directions, expect delays
·        Highway 2 (Bong Bridge) between Duluth and Superior eastbound lanes closed, detour
·        Highway 23 between Duluth and Duquette – single-lane, detour
·        Highway 70 east of I-35 detour
·        Highway 61 south of Grand Marais – single-lane bypass
Southern Minnesota    
·        I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
·        Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour
·        I-90 between St. Charles and Eyota single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
·        I-90 near Alden, Jackson and between Adrian and Rushmore – two-way, two lane traffic with crossovers, ramp closures, reduced speeds
·        Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.         

To learn about funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected.                

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Moorhead Police Summer Youth Program Registration

Registration/sign-up for the Moorhead Police Department’s Summer Youth Program will be held on Wednesday, June 17 at the Moorhead Armory (1002 15 Ave. N.) starting at 4 pm and will continue until the program is full or 7 pm.  We are only able to accommodate a total of 200 youth ages 8-12 years old, so availability is on a first-come first-serve basis.  A parent or legal guardian must accompany their child at the time of registration.

This program is free to participants thanks to grant funding through the Minnesota Youth Intervention Program Association (YIPA) by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.   Minnesota YIPA is an organization that advocates for community-based youth intervention programs.  This program provides an excellent opportunity for police officers to interact with youth and help develop strong relationships and support positive decision making. The Summer Youth Program started as an opportunity for children in the community to participate in fun activities they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to. 

The program is held every Wednesday from 12– 4 pm (or later on some weeks) for 7 weeks in the summer and targets all youth in the community who are available to attend each week.  Each afternoon consists of lunch, an educational component and a recreational activity including roller skating, bowling, Thunder Road Amusement Park, swimming and more!

Youth Services Coordinator Louis Ochoa and School Resource Officer Brian Dahl are the coordinators for this program and can be contacted at 218.790.4054 or 218.790.4259 if you have any questions.

See the 2015 Schedule of Events for all the details.  Media outlets are welcome and invited to come to registration or to stop by any Wednesday to see first-hand how exciting and successful this program has become!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hwy 75 & 15th Avenue North intersection in Moorhead becomes a four-way stop June 15



DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Highway 75 will be required to stop at 15th Avenue North in Moorhead beginning Monday, June 15.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection from a two-way to a four-way stop. The stop signs on Highway 75 will be enhanced with flashing lights.
                                                                                                                             
Temporary message boards will alert motorists to the change in advance of the intersection.

With the toll removed from the 15th Avenue bridge across the Red River, traffic volumes now meet the criteria for a traffic signal at Highway 75 and 15th Avenue. The four-way stop will act as an interim measure to improve safety until the signal system can be designed and constructed. It is currently scheduled to be installed in 2018.

To learn more about funding Minnesota’s transportation system, visit Get Connected at www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rehabilition On ND 200A Near Hillsboro Begins Monday

FARGO, N.D. (June 5, 2015) – Beginning Monday, June 8, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) Fargo District will start project work on North Dakota Highway 200A (ND 200A) near Hillsboro, N.D. Crews will work to install a concrete box culvert. The overall project will improve driving conditions and increase the load carrying capacity.

Traffic will be diverted along a 1000-ft, two-lane gravel roadway on the north side of ND 200A while crews install the concrete box culvert and finish surfacing with mill and overlays over the next 11 weeks, weather permitting. Speeds in the diversion will be significantly reduced to 25 mph.


Motorists, especially truckers, are encouraged to slow down and obey signs and flaggers when using the gravel bypass.

Project work is expected to be complete by mid-to-late September in time for sugar beet harvest when truck traffic will be heavier.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Highway 10 traffic switch in Detroit Lakes begins June 1


DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 10 on the west side of Detroit Lakes will encounter a traffic shift Monday, June 1, weather permitting. All traffic will move to the north side of the highway with a single lane in each direction.

Businesses along the adjacent frontage road will remain accessible through temporary median crossings. Those crossing locations will shift throughout the project.

Delays on Highway 10 are likely this summer, particularly on Friday and Sunday afternoons as people travel between Fargo-Moorhead and the lakes area. Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

The overall project will result in several improvements to the transportation system in the Detroit Lakes area. Key elements include:
·         Resurfacing of Highway 10 from the Detroit Lakes airport to Highway 59
·         Reconstructing and realigning the frontage road along Highway 10 and Highway 59 (including a multi-use trail)
·         Constructing a bridge on Highway 59 to connect an extension of Holmes Street with the new frontage road system

This project helps ensure Minnesota’s transportation system will continue to serve the state for many years. Learn how MnDOT works to meet the public’s needs and get the most from every dollar at Get Connected (www.dot.state.mn.us/getconnected/).

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Hwy 9 and 75 detours between Borup and Felton; Stephen and Argyle begin June 1


BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highways 9 and 75 between Borup-Felton and Stephen-Argyle, respectively, will experience staged detours beginning Monday, June 1, as crews begin bridge rehabilitation on five bridges on Highway 9.

The first stage of the detours between Ada and Crookston will continue and is expected to conclude around June 15, weather permitting.

The second stage of the detours will begin on June 1, with Highway 9 detoured between Felton and Borup. Motorists driving south on Highway 9 from Borup will proceed westbound on CSAH 39 for seven miles, and then follow CSAH 12/11 southbound for seven miles. Motorists will then proceed 7 miles east on CSAH 34 to Felton and Highway 9.

Highway 75 will also be detoured between Stephen and Argyle. Motorists driving south on Highway 75 from Stephen will proceed westbound on CSAH 5 for 5.9 miles, and then drive south on CSAH 10 for 8.1 miles. Motorists will then proceed eastbound on CSAH 4 for 8.4 miles back to Argyle and Highway 75.

Stage 2 of the detour is expected to conclude by the end of June, weather permitting.

Crews will be repairing and maintaining bridges along the route, necessitating the detour. This project will ensure that Highway 9 in Norman County will be a safer and smoother roadway for many years to come.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org.       

Thursday, May 21, 2015

MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones over Memorial Day weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As Memorial Day weekend approaches and summer construction roadwork around the state revs up, the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to use extra caution while driving through highway work zones.

“We will suspend work on many projects during the holiday weekend,” said Sue Mulvihill, deputy commissioner and chief engineer. “However, there are still many work zones around the state where drivers need to plan ahead, pay attention and slow down to make it a safe weekend for everyone.”

Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work zones. Plan ahead, think about alternate routes and go to www.511mn.org before you leave home to get information about road construction and detours.
Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 22-25 include:
Twin Cities area
·        Interstate 494 in Plymouth – multiple lane and ramp closures
·        I-35E in St. Paul and Little Canada – lane and ramp closures
·        Highway 100 in St. Louis Park – ramp closures and lane shift
·        Highway 169 in Jordan – single-lane traffic in both directions, County Road 9 access closed, detour
Central Minnesota 
·        I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael – lane shift, narrow lanes and reduced speeds
·        Highway 10 between St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids – all lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
·        Highway 95 in Cambridge is closed over the Rum River Bridge (check 511 for width and length limits)
·        Highway 25 in Buffalo – detour

West Central Minnesota 
·        Highway 12 between Kerkhoven and Pennock -- detour
·        Highway 14 between Florence and Tyler -- detour
·        Highway 59 in Marshall – short detour
Northern Minnesota   
·        Highway 197 in Bemidji – lane closures, slow traffic
·        Highway 34 between Barnesville and Highway 59 – closed, detour
·        Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes – four lanes of traffic will be open for the weekend
·        Highway 2 (Bong Bridge) between Duluth and Superior - eastbound lanes closed, detour
Southern Minnesota    
·        I-35 Owatonna to Albert Lea single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
·        Highway 63 south of Spring Valley to Iowa border – closed, detour
·        I-90 between Aldon and Highway 22 - single-lane traffic in both directions, slow traffic
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/current.html. Motorists may also sign up to receive email updates for major projects at www.mndot.gov/emailupdates.

“Drivers face many distractions under the best of conditions – and driving through construction work zones only amplifies distractions with lane changes and other unexpected variations,” said Kristine Hernandez, statewide Toward Zero Deaths coordinator. “Let’s pay attention and make this holiday weekend a safe one for everyone on the road.”
Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program that uses education, emergency medical and trauma services, enforcement and engineering approaches to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths on Minnesota roads. For more information, visit www.minnesotatzd.org/
MnDOT reminds motorists to: 
·        Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions
·        Don’t use cell phones or text while driving
·        Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones
·        Expect delays, especially during peak travel times