In the early morning darkness and damp cold of a Minnesota winter, crews closed off a 3,000 ft. long bridge deck of U.S. 169 carrying 90,000 daily motorists over an expansive wetland and small creek in the city of Edina. With this closure, the four-lane highway was reduced to two lanes along another 6 mi.

Lano Equipment Inc. held a customer appreciation event at its Shakopee location on April 21. The event kicked off with a MnDOT seminar during which a Minnesota state patrol commercial vehicle section representative presented new regulations and answered questions.

With miles of wider pavement stretching out before them, the 100,000-plus drivers wheeling through I35E north of St. Paul, Minn., should soon reap the benefits of a recently completed yet painful, two-year road improvement project. Though construction may have seemed to have no end for daily motorists, designers are optimistic peak hour congestion will ease up on this section of interstate for years to come with the addition of a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state's bridges are holding up, KARE-TV reports. The drone allows inspectors not only to see the bridge, but to detect temperature changes in the concrete.

Scheduled to be fully completed in the spring of 2017, crews from Lunda Construction Company are working on the fifth and final section of the Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT) Highway 610 design-build project that is extending the well-travelled road to Interstate 94 from the County Road 81 and Elm Creek Boulevard area in Maple Grove.

An investigation is underway after four people were seriously injured in an explosion at McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing in Dodge Center Wednesday morning. Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said emergency crews were called to the facility at 520 Highway Street East at 10:32 a.m.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) opened a new Mississippi River crossing on schedule to the eager residents of a southern, Minnesota community using for the first time a new construction procurement process to speed up design and construction on a new bridge— the Winona Bridge, Highway 43 Mississippi River Crossing.