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275 crashes later, MnDOT lowers speed limit in I-94 construction area

Major construction on I-94 in the Twin Cities started in March. Over the course of three months, there have already been 275 crashes just along that nine-mile stretch.

Initially, the Minnesota Department of Transportation left the speed limit in the areas between Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Parkway in Brooklyn Center at 60 mph. But that’s not working, so it’ll drop to 50 mph Tuesday night.

“Speeding through construction zones can put workers lives at risk,” Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol said, noting these are among the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads. “With reduced lanes and heavier traffic, there’s very little room for error.”

Within all those crashes, there have been some pretty close calls.

Like last month, a car smashed into a construction truck with two workers standing nearby. Luckily, the workers were okay, because the construction truck – or crash truck – protected them. Sometimes vehicles like that are parked in construction areas just to protect workers, and apparently it works.

Also in May, there was a rollover crash that came pretty close to a work crew.

In addition to all those crashes, troopers have fined 119 motorists for speeding in that area since construction started.

This summer’s construction

Summertime means construction time in Minnesota.

Over the next few months, there will be more than 200 active work zones popping up throughout the state. You can check out all the construction going on here.

Between 2011 and 2015, 39 people have died in work zone traffic crashes. More than 3,700 people have been injured.

It’s important that you slow down if you come into a construction zone. If you don’t, you’ll be hit with a hefty fee – fines in construction zones start at $300, plus court fees.

Also, move over for construction workers – just like you would for police cars or stalled vehicles.

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