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MnDOT's state fair booth focuses on highway safety

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will again have an exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair this year, which runs from Aug. 23-Sept. 3.

Fairgoers are invited to visit the MnDOT booth to pick up a free 2011-2012 state highway map and learn about several transportation topics. This year's exhibit is located in the Education Building at 1372 Cosgrove St.--between the Fine Arts Center and the Creative Activities Building.

The public will be able to speak with Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel, MnDOT snowplow drivers and other employees, who will staff the booth between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

"The Minnesota State Fair is a great opportunity for MnDOT to hear about our customers' experiences with transportation in Minnesota," said Deputy Commissioner Bernie Arseneau. "And, it's a chance for us to talk about how the department is ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively to provide a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system."

In addition, the booth will feature a cable median guardrail display to give fairgoers an up-close look at this safety feature along interstates and divided highways.

Fairgoers also can check out MnDOT's learning center to find out about several topics, including how to use MnPASS lanes, how to navigate a two-lane roundabout and a diverging diamond interchange, and how to do the zipper merge.

Other bicycling, pedestrian and greater Minnesota transit information, including a new draft statewide bicycle map, will be available at the Kick Gas exhibit in the Eco Experience building on Randall Avenue, just east of Cooper Street.

For more information about MnDOT's exhibit, visit or contact Kevin Gutknecht at 651-366-4266 or