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    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, Dec. 5, 2019 at 10 a.m.

    Topic: Variety of topics
    Presenter: To be announced

    Past Coffee and Conversation meetings
    Thursday, August 1, 2019

    Topic: MnDOT District 1 long-range construction plans and projects
    Presenter: Michael Kalnbach, MnDOT D1 Assistant District Engineer

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Topic: 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, Dec. 6, 2018

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

    Thursday, Aug. 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, Dec. 7, 2017

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

    Rumble strip sound volume comparisons

    • Car on bare pavement video clip, no narration (YouTube)
      Video shows a car approaching on a paved highway. The highway has centerline and edgeline rumble strips. A bird chirps at the start. The only audio is the sound of the car passing by and the sound from the wind. As the car heads into the distance, the vehicle sound softens. Video ends.
    • Car on sinusoidal rumble video clip, no narration (YouTube)
      Video shows a car approaching on a paved highway. The highway has centerline and edgeline sinusoidal rumble strips. The only audio is the sound of the car passing by. As the car gets closer, it passes over the centerline sinusoidal rumble strips. The sound this produces is a soft, staccato rumble. There is little, if any noise volume increase while the car drives on the sinusoidal rumble strips. As the car heads into the distance, the vehicle sound softens. Video ends.
    • Car on standard rumble video clip, no narration (YouTube)
      Video shows a car approaching on a paved highway. The highway has standard design, centerline and edgeline rumble strips. The only audio is the sound of the car passing by. As the car gets closer, it passes over the centerline standard rumble strips. The sound this produces is an easily-heard, staccato rumble. The noise volume seems louder than when the car passed over the sinusoidal rumble strips. As the car heads into the distance, the vehicle sound softens. Video ends.

    Winter operations