MnDOT says to watch for icy bridges

MnDOT says to watch for icy bridges

November 9, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (11/10/21)

(Minnesota) — As the weather begins to head to overnight freezing and wintry mixes of precipitation, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be alert for frosty and icy conditions on bridges.

Driving surfaces on bridges, especially on overpasses and ramps, can freeze sooner than the roadway due to off-the-ground highway structures not being insulated by the ground. Even though the main roadway may appear relatively safe, the bridge decks may be frosty or icy, particularly in the early morning and late evening hours.

MnDOT is also throwing out these helpful reminders:

  • Call 511 or visit www511mn.org to get current road conditions; turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt; do not use cruise control; rain, fog, sleet, and wet snow require full driver attention; slow down and give yourself more room between you and the vehicle in front of you; stay at least 10 car lengths behind snowplows; watch for snowplows; and never drive into a snow cloud. 

Much more information can be found on MnDOT’s website or from the US Department of Transportation