Contact Us

New Sensors Will Help Manage Traffic in Minnesota Work Zones

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be trying out some new technologies in southern Minnesota during the upcoming highway construction season.

It promises to be another busy season for road work in southeastern Minnesota, with repaving on northbound Highway 52 between Rochester and Cannon Falls on the schedule. MNDOT is also planning some bridgework along I-35 in the Owatonna area that will significantly disrupt the flow of traffic this summer.

MNDOT spokesman Mike Dougherty says the agency will be employing a new signage system tied to sensors on the roadways for both projects. He says the sensors will be able to gauge the amount and speed of the traffic heading into the work zones and that information will be used to advise motorists, in real time, on how to best deal with the traffic and get through the construction zone as smoothly as possible.

For example, during very busy periods, the signs would likely recommend motorists use both lanes of the highway and “zipper merge” just before the spot where traffic is limited to a single lane. The signs can also give motorists early warning that traffic has come to a standstill because of congestion, or that the traffic load is light and delays are not expected.

Best of KVGO

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KVGO - Cool 104.3 quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KVGO - Cool 104.3 contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.