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KIMT NEWS 3 — When many think of summer they thing of the green grass and blue skies, but they may also think of bright orange.
“I will definitely go out of my way to miss road construction, I’ll go miles away to miss it and get out of any traffic if I can,” said Mike O’Neil of Albert Lea.
Road construction comes with the season and so do the signs that come with it. One you may encounter is “Road Closed to Thru Traffic” or “Local Traffic Only.”
“If you don’t have a driveway to the business, home or friend’s house within that restricted area, you need to go around,” said Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha of the Minnesota State Patrol.
The next step as signs go is simply “Road Closed.”
“You can’t go through, generally speaking it’s dug out or may even be a ledge with two or three foot drop, you’ll get stuck. So if it’s road closed don’t go through,” Sticha said.
That is a good suggestion to follow if you do not want to put a dent in your wallet.
“If you go past these barricades you could be subject to a violation and written a citation just like you are when we have the winter gates that go down if you pass them. If it’s obvious that there is a restriction and there’s no doubt about it, once you circumvent, you’re subject to a citation,” Sticha said.
It is also important to take your time while driving through a construction zone.
“If you speed through it, your fines may double. This is all about the safety of those people working there,” Sticha said.
It may all be a lot to process, but for those who live in the area it comes with the territory.
“I just accept it, I think there’s probably no way around it. I trust that they know what they’re doing,” O’Neil said.
The state patrol says that over the last five years in Minnesota 19 people have died in traffic-related deaths over the 4th of July weekend. 13 of those were alcohol related.
The state patrol and other local law enforcers will be out this weekend putting extra effort on speeders. They say driving 65 miles per hour instead of 55 on a ten mile trip will save you less than two minutes of driving time.