VIDEO: Larissa’s Ride in the Plow!

Hey Bemidji Now Readers,

Today I had the opportunity for a ridealong with one of our Transportation Generalists at MnDOT. I had to wake up at 2 a.m. to be at MnDOT’s District 2 Headquarters in Bemidji by 3 a.m.

Kevin was my guide this morning as we went along a route that included the “bypass” areas of Highways 2 and 71 in the Bemidji area. We turned around many times to do second or sometimes third passes to remove snow off the highways, shoulders, ramps, and even the roundabout at Anne St.!

We were in one of the bigger plows that pulled a tow plow behind us, shown in the featured photo.

I learned a lot about the sort of textures they put on our roads road, such as the mixtures of sand and salt and the when and where it’s strategically placed. This was of particular interest to me as I see and hear a lot of complaints about roads not being salted and sanded to some drivers’ liking, and also from the environmental standpoint of this salt winding up in our freshwater resources.

Below are some little videos I gathered, between 10 and 30 seconds in length each.





Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!

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