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MnDOT urges drivers to use caution in work zones

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urged motorists to slow down and pay attention in construction work zones following a deadly Monday, Sept. 16, when at least three people were killed within a span of five hours — of which one motorist was killed in a work zone and another was seriously injured in a road construction zone.

On Tuesday, a motorist was killed in Brooklyn Park near Shingle Creek Parkway and I-694, and the serious injury crash occurred on Highway 212 in Plato, Minn., west of the Twin Cities metro area.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that there were 26,502 crashes in work zones in the past five years, resulting in 41 deaths and 4,017 injuries.

Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limits inside work zones as fines for speeding may double. Work zones can also change; lane shifts and lane closures can take place with regularity, and workers and construction equipment are always present and moving about.

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