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Map of MnDOT District 1, covering Northeast Minnesota.

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Twin Ports Interchange project

Coffee & Conversation quarterly meetings

Join us at our quarterly "Coffee & Conversation" meetings in Virginia. Each quarter we will feature a presentation about a MnDOT transportation topic, then follow with time for questions and answers. Meetings will be held at the address below. Please contact Beth Petrowske 218-725-2708 if you have questions or have a suggestion for a topic. We hope you can join us!

  • MnDOT Headquarters in Virginia
    101 N. Hoover Rd., Virginia, Minnesota
Coffee & Conversation schedule
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Topics: 2019 Hwy 53 Intersection and Passing Lanes Project, the 2020 Hwy 169 Taconite to Pengilly Safety Improvement Project
2019 Hwy 135 Improvements Project including: resurfacing, turn lane improvements at; the county public works building in Gilbert and at Scenic Acres Dr., drainage improvements in Gilbert and intersection reconfiguration at Aurora.
Presenters: Josie Olson, MnDOT District 1 project engineer and Trenton Pray, MnDOT District 1 graduate 2 engineer

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Topic: To be announced
Presenter: To be announced

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Topic: To be announced
Presenter: To be announced

Past Coffee and Conversation meetings
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Topic: Twin Ports Interchange Project
Presenter: Pat Huston, MnDOT Assistant District Engineer, Special Projects

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Topic: Discussion and demonstration of a new Interactive map to connect contractors with small businesses
Presenter: George Costilla, MnDOT Office of Civil Rights

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Topic: MnDOT District 1 2018 Construction Program
Presenter: Beth Petrowske, District 1 Public Affairs Coordinator.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Topic: MnDOT winter road maintenance operations and winter driving safety tips
Presenter: Chris Cheney, MnDOT District 1 Maintenance superintendent

Flashing warning Systems

Five, new flashing warning light systems, designed with the latest technology, have been installed on Hwy 23/Grand Avenue to improve pedestrian safety. The systems feature flashing strobes that activate when the button is pushed. This lets drivers know that a pedestrian is attempting to cross the road. Pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to use these systems correctly. Please make sure you and your family know how they work.


  • Remember to push the button to activate the strobes. They won’t activate unless the button is pushed.
  • Always watch to see that drivers have seen you prior to stepping into the roadway. Make eye-contact with them and make sure they are preparing to stop.
  • On multi-lane roadways, make sure drivers in all lanes are stopping.
  • Be especially cautious crossing at night. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing so drivers’ can see you.


  • Be aware that when the strobes are flashing, a pedestrian is attempting to cross the road and you need to stop.
  • State law requires that drivers come to a complete stop for pedestrians crossing at marked crosswalks and at all intersections — with or without pavement markings.
  • Stop two to three car-lengths in front of crosswalks so drivers in the next lane can see people crossing the road.
  • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians. Pedestrians may cross the road at locations that don’t have crosswalk markings or signs.

Winter operations