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Letter: Roads poorly kept when crossing state line

By Duane Tracy, Ocheyedan, Iowa I have a simple question for you. Why is it that roadways in Minnesota are horrendous as compared to Iowa roadways?I guess I can answer that question somewhat. As I was driving to my home in Ocheyedan on Tuesday af...

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By Duane Tracy, Ocheyedan, Iowa

I have a simple question for you. Why is it that roadways in Minnesota are horrendous as compared to Iowa roadways?
I guess I can answer that question somewhat. As I was driving to my home in Ocheyedan on Tuesday afternoon, I was behind a Nobles County snow plow. It had the back up spreading gravel on the roadway, but as I passed it I noticed that its blades were nowhere close to the roadway. It is not the first time I have witnessed this and, after talking to several people I work with, they were noticing the same thing on other roadways in the county. Would it not make sense to first scrape off the slush before spreading road treatment? Maybe the Minnesota road crews are trying to conserve wear on their blades.
As I came to work Wednesday morning, I could travel 55 mph on Osceola County roadways. But the minute I hit the Minnesota state line, I had 6 inches of loose, mushy snow. I could only travel 35 mph on Minnesota roadways, and then was being pushed and pulled by the loose snow on the road. I fear for all the people traveling the roadways in Minnesota. It is totally unsafe for all people, and it is because of the poor road care I witness all winter long.
It is time for Minnesota road crews to take pride in what they do, and make it safe to travel in the state.
Until then drive safely all who travel in Minnesota.

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