Rough Roads For Awhile 11 Dec 12

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists to drive according to conditions. Heavy snow compaction and ice from the weekend snowfall are making travel difficult.

MnDOT urges drivers to be patient. Plows are currently working to remove the ice and compacted snow, but are inhibited by cold temperatures.

“Chemicals are not effective when trying to fight ice in these cold temperatures,” said Maintenance Superintendent Craig Gertsema.

Cold temperatures throughout the region are making it difficult for crews to remove the compacted snow and ice, as salt brine is needed to break the bonds between the ice and the road surface.

“Salt needs water in order to work,” said Gertsema. “But, it’s too cold for it to begin the melting process. Salt works best when temperatures are above 15 degrees.”

For updated information on road conditions, visit www.511mn.org or call 511.