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Weather affecting MnDOT bridge inspections

Instead of pushing everything back, MnDOT allows time to inspect them on a different day in order to keep the inspections on somewhat of a schedule.

Posted: Apr. 4, 2018 11:03 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Bridge inspections started Monday in Minnesota, but they won't continue on Tuesday due to the incoming storm.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said it plans for weather like this.

That's because MnDOT said safety is always a concern when dealing with weather conditions.

"We want our crews to be safe, we want other motorists to be safe," Anne Meyer, with MnDOT public affairs, said. "We don't want anyone else out there who doesn't need to be. Our snow plow operators will be busy enough without other crews sort of getting in their way."

MnDOT crews spent Monday inspecting one bridge in Oronoco. It's just one of 850 bridges they plan to inspect across the region between now and the fall.

Instead of pushing everything back, they allow time to inspect them on a different day in order to keep the inspections on somewhat of a schedule.

"We will be out there as often as Mother Nature will allow us to make sure that our bridges are getting inspected," Meyer said, "but usually it's not that much of a delay."

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