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Snow fence installation set for Minnesota 60 from Brewster to Heron Lake

The project cost $129,960 and is expected to be completed in early May.

Closeup of car tires in winter on the road
Closeup of car tires in winter on the road covered with snow
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MANKATO — Crews will begin installing structural snow fences at five locations along Minnesota 60 between Brewster and Heron Lake starting Monday, weather permitting, the Minnesota Department of Transportation stated in a press release.

The structural composite rail snow fence will be installed at the five locations to help increase safety during the snow and ice season and decrease the use of salt on MnDOT’s roadways.

Crews will work in the right-of-way and traffic will not be impacted, but drivers should watch for workers and slow-moving equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

The project cost $129,960 and is expected to be completed in early May. Sun-Up Construction is the contractor.

Snow fences bring multiple benefits to a road and can:

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  • Prevent big snow drifts and icy roads
  • Improve mobility to work, markets, schools and emergency services
  • Improve driver visibility
  • Lessen environmental impact with less salt use, fewer truck trips and less fuel consumption
  • Enhances snow removal cost effectiveness by improving efficiency and reducing the need to bring in extra heavy equipment like snow blowers and dozers

MnDOT’s snow fence program is a partnership with landowners and farm operators to improve road safety and mobility for the traveling public.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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