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Mn/DOT asks motorists to slow down

Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution when encountering crews working on area highways and bridges - now through late November as they perform annual maintenance and preservation work. The Minnesota Department of Transportation strives to make work zones safe for maintenance workers, as well as drivers, by providing advance traffic control and changeable message signs whenever possible. Striping operations, pothole patching and bridge washing are a few examples of the operations that require traffic to move slower through the work zone. Multiple heavy equipment trucks can be involved in maintenance activities. Motorists are urged to slow down, use caution and pass one truck at a time, being careful not to cross the centerline or drift over the fog line. In the case of striping operations, drivers who get too close to the pavement markings may get wet paint on their cars. The paint usually takes from three to seven minutes to dry on the roadway. For updated statewide traffic, construction, weather and travel information visit www.511mn.org.  Work Zones. Pay Attention or Pay the Price.