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MnDOT works to keep roads clear

MnDOT advises drivers to slow down and not follow plows too closely.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 7:07 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Monday’s weather left some working all day to clear the roads.

MnDOT explains the process of putting down the salt on the roads. Mike Dougherty, the public affairs coordinator, said they don’t put the salt down when it’s raining because it would just wash away. They also clear any slush from the roads before the salt is spread.

While roads were covered for most of the day, Dougherty said drivers shouldn’t expect poor conditions for the evening commute.

“There was a stretch in southeastern Minnesota that were completely covered, another stretch that was partially covered, and it was making some conditions that were right for some crashes and we did see some crashes,” Dougherty said, “but so far things are good at this hour and it should be good for the drive home.”

MnDOT advises drivers to slow down and not follow plows too closely.

“Everybody's driving in it. Everybody's got a little stress,” Dougherty said. “So just take it easy, be polite, and everybody should get home safely.”

To check the latest road conditions, click here.

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