ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges anglers to focus on driving safely, particularly in highway work zones, as they head out across the state to reach their favorite fishing spots this coming weekend.
Minnesota’s fishing season opens officially on Saturday, May 11.
Besides increased car, truck and boat trailer traffic on the state’s highways, motorists may encounter bypasses, lane closures and detours resulting from transportation projects underway this construction season. Motorists should be prepared for slower moving traffic and use extra caution in highway work zones to avoid injury or death to themselves or highway workers.
Plan ahead, think about alternate routes, call 5-1-1 or go to www.511mn.org to get advance information about road construction and detours.
Highway projects that may affect weekend travel on May 10-12 include the following:
· Interstate 694/Highway 10 interchange reconstruction in Arden Hills
· I-35E/I-35W split - pavement, bridge and guardrail construction in Burnsville (southbound I-35E closed between County Road 42 and the I-35/35W/35E split)
· I-94 resurfacing between Clearwater and St. Cloud (traffic down to one lane in each direction)
MnDOT urges motorists to:
· Check www.511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions.
· Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)
· Follow posted speed limits; fines double in work zones.
· Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
For a complete list of projects, including construction dates and traffic impacts, visit www.mndot.gov/construction.