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MnDot crews talk ice

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--  The slick, icy weather conditions have caused  havoc on Minnesota roads causing major problems for those out traveling.

"Freezing rain is possibly the worst condition you could have, " explains MnDOT, Maintenance Supervisor Robert Langanki.

It's an immediate impact on the roads surface that makes it hard to gain any traction with your vehicle. Langanki says, "It's like walking on a skating rink."
With 12 salt trucks and nearly 400 miles of roadway to cover MnDot's Rochester crew has their work cut out for them, "We have a multitude of accidents...we are dealing with road surfaces the best we can right now."

The crews pre-treated roadways with salt in anticipation of this ice storm, but constantly have to keep adding salt to keep conditions wet.

Langanki says when it comes to ice and snow, ice is often times harder to keep under control.
"Freezing rain we'll go through three or four times more salt to any snow storm. A quarter of an inch of water could be equal to 12 inches of snow."

The wintry mix caused rollovers and many people to end up in the ditch. As we headed toward the heart of the storm conditions made it nearly impossible to go any further, "Please do not go out and drive today if you don't have to."

If travel is necessary, you are asked to be very attentive to conditions out there. Drive slowly and keep a safe stopping distance. If you do see a salt truck out give them plenty of room.

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