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Highway’s 9 and 200 near Ada are now open -- Road conditions vary across the region

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BEMIDJI, Minn. – (10 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol opened Highway 9 and Highway 200 near Ada.

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All highways are now open although current driving conditions vary from hazardous to fair. Motorists should still use extreme caution when traveling.

MnDOT reminds motorists to be patient while snowplow operators work to improve driving conditions and prepare for additional snowfall. The majority of snowplow crashes take place during “clean up” when motorists resume their normal speeds.

After a storm motorists should:

  • Check road conditions at www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.
  • Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
  • Stay back at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
  • Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
  • Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions. Snowplows typically move at slower speeds.

For additional tips on safe winter driving, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone. For updated information on road conditions, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.

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