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April 5, 2022

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Installation of structural snow fence at five locations along Hwy 60 from Brewster to Heron Lake begins April 11

MANKATO, Minn. – The installation of structural snow fence at five locations along Hwy 60 between Brewster and Heron Lake is expected to begin on Monday, April 11, weather permitting, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

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

Snow fences bring multiple benefits to a roadside, including the capacity to:

  • Prevent big snow drifts and icy roads
  • Improves mobility to work, markets, schools, and emergency services
  • Improve driver visibility
  • Lessen environmental impact with less salt (chloride) use, fewer truck trips and less fuel consumption
  • Enhances snow removal cost effectiveness by improving snowplow efficiency along a plow route 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 roadway safety and mobility for the traveling public. For information on how MnDOT controls blowing and drifting snow using snow fencing visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/environment/livingsnowfence/.

The project is expected to be completed in early May. The project cost is $129,960.00, and Sun-Up Construction is the contractor.