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Mn/DOT warns motorists to watch out for frosty bridge decks

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

DULUTH, Minn.-Motorists should be alert for frosty or icy bridge decks, overpasses and ramps now that freezing temperatures have arrived in the Arrowhead Region, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Bridge decks can freeze much sooner than the roadway because elevated highway structures are not insulated by the ground. Consequently, even though the main roadway may appear relatively safe, the bridge decks are likely to be frosty or icy, particularly in the early morning and late evening hours.

Motorists are also advised to discontinue use of their vehicle’s cruise control during the winter months to avoid loss of vehicle control on slippery roads. And limiting the use of cell phones will help keep the focus on safe driving.

Motorists should log on to www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for current road and weather conditions.

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