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I moved here 14 years ago, and - at the time - was blown away by the efficiency of the snowplowing operation in Minnesota. The cities, counties and MN-DOT did a fabulous job. Fast forward to today, and I'm convinced they've all forgotten how to plow. I took a white-knuckle drive on some Dakota County roads this morning. Later, I found myself on southbound Radio Drive in Woodbury (very major thoroughfare) at 7:55 AM - it appeared to have not even been touched. Absolutely inexcusable.
The snow ended at 4 am yet I94 was glare ice at 8. With a temp of 30 degrees, even a little salt would have taken care of the problem. It wasn't the volume of traffic, because even the reverse commute was creeping along.
We now have the WORST road clearance program in the country..thanks state legislators for constantly poaching money away from the Roads Dept. Oh yeah, and how about some salt on the roads? that way people can get to work to make money to pay taxes..duh!
If you think that was a tough commute just wait another 20-years while the US Congress imports another 38,000,000 foreign wokers and gives driver's licenses to the 12,000,000 fradulently documented workers already here!!
I've been commuting in for a couple of decades and 15-20 years ago Mn/DOT was the very best in the nation at removing snow. Not sure what happened, whether it is budget cuts, poor management OR poor plowing technique but they no longer are that good. Just take a look at the horrible job they do on I94 east of St. Paul and it will speak for itself.
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