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U.S. Hwy. 59 stayed dry, open during nasty storm

Monday night’s ground blizzard wasn’t enough to warrant closure of 59, while roads to the north and east were, in part, impassable

February 21, 2013

MARSHALL — As bad as the weather and roads got in and around Marshall on Monday night, road conditions to the north and east were even worse, surpassing hazardous stage, which explains why U.S....

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InMyOpinion

Feb-21-13 8:15 AM

After checking MNDOT's website later Monday afternoon, I decided to head home after work-normally a half-hour or so drive traveling north of Marshall on 59. What a mistake!

The visibility was terrible just north of Marshall and there were many slick spots caused by the melting roads earlier that afternoon that iced over with the blowing snow.

It was extremely poor judgement for me not to try and turn around and go back to Marshall and wait out the storm. It was also very poor judgement on MNDOT's part not to close 59 north of Marshall.

I kept thinking what does it take for MNDOT to actually close a highway? God was on my side Monday, but I don't think MNDOT was!

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formerresident

Feb-21-13 8:57 AM

No offense meant here, but what did the weather warnings say? No travel advised? I think people need to use their own judgement and quit blaming others. If it seemed like a bad idea to drive, then it was probably a bad idea!! Different people have different levels of comfort in driving, different skill levels and different vehicles. If a highway is closed, it means emergency vehicles are not going to be out to pull you out of the ditch!

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levelheaded

Feb-22-13 1:33 PM

I think MNDOT did the right thing. I feel that if the road is passable, I should be able to make my own judgment to go or not. What I think people misunderstand is there is A LOT of difference in road conditions. MNDOT had "no travel advised" and to me, they were warning us that it was bad out there. On 511, they have different road condtions, with closed being the last one. But, any of the ones directly in front of it are bad as well. I felt MNDOT did a fine job this last storm.

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