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Falling fence mystery

Neighbors on West Frontage Road are wondering what happened to this fence?

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 7:23 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A fence above Highway 52 separates the freeway from West Frontage Road.

But at some parts, the fence looks to be more like a droopy net.

Neighbors said they’ve noticed the fence falling for a couple months now.

Sheila Pappas owns Pappy’s Place, a restaurant directly across from one of the falling parts of the fence. Looking at the fence every day, she has one question.

“How did it happen? I mean it's so far up from 52, how did it happen I don’t know,” she said.

The fence belongs to Minnesota Department of Transportation. It’s not sure exactly how the fence got like this but said unreported hit and runs could be a cause. But Sheila’s not so sure.

“The only hit and run would be on this Frontage Road here. If you hit it, it's not going to knock down that way, it's going to go that way,” she said. “My theory is something flew off of a truck.”

MnDot said weather could also be a possible cause. Sheila said she’d like to see it fixed, but would like to know something else more.

“It looks kind of ratty right now, and yeah I'd like to see it fixed. But the biggest thing is I'd like to know what happened to it, it’s kind of a mystery,” she said.

MnDot said fixing a fence like this isn’t at the top of the priority list since it’s so far above 52 and is separated from a sidewalk by grass and a two-lane road.

It said they usually work from the center out, meaning a center median of a highway is higher priority to be fixed than a fence like this since it impacts more people.

MnDot’s District 6, which includes Rochester, encourages people to report any concern they may have while driving to their main number which can be found here.

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