Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MnDOT conducts aerial photography near communities in northern Minnesota

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will conduct aerial mapping of several locations in northern Minnesota this fall. This work must be conducted after the leaves have fallen off of the trees and before any snow has fallen.

Weather permitting; work will begin in early October in the following locations:

·         Erskine- Highway 2
·         Halstad- Highway 75
·         Northome- Highway 1
·         Saint Hilaire- Highway 32
·         Warren- Highway 1/75
·         Warroad- Highway 11

The mapping will create a record of existing infrastructure and landscape along MnDOT right of way for transportation planning and operations. To take the photos, crews place an “X” on the ground as a reference point for the aerial photographer.

“Crews paint large white ‘X’ targets on paved surfaces” said Dan Domeier, MnDOT Land Surveyor. “For unpaved locations they use a wood panel target. A survey crew then records the coordinate position and elevation of these targets, and provides that information to the aerial photography company.”

The wood panel targets are temporary and will be removed when the photography is completed. MnDOT requests that landowners not remove or disturb the targets until the photography is completed.

If a target must be moved, please contact MnDOT District 2 survey staff at 218-755-6533 or by email at Daniel.Domeier@state.mn.us.