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Minnesota Department of Transportation partners with farmers to help keep snow off the roads


December 21, 2022

Farmers play a role with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in keeping snow off the roads.

MnDOT works with farmers who have fields adjacent to highways to create living snow fences by leaving rows of corn standing or stacked bales by the road. These fences help trap snow and deposit it into ditches instead of blowing onto the roadway. The goal is to create drift-free roads, which according to MnDOT are achievable through proper road design and snow fences.

Dan Gullickson, blowing snow control shared services supervisor for MnDOT, said that living snow fences come in many different shapes and forms.


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