The public is invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 3-6:30 p.m., at the Minnesota Department of Transportation truck station in Evansville, 20874 County Road 82 NW. The new facility was completed this past spring.

At the open house, people will have the opportunity to tour the buildings, meet local staff, and learn more about the equipment MnDOT uses to maintain federal and state highways in the area.

MnDOT’s new District 4 campus includes a new 9,500-square-foot facility with office space, warm storage and new cold storage. The extra storage space gives MnDOT the ability to house two tow plows in Evansville, which will benefit the area during the winter months.

The facility also includes a new salt shed and a large-capacity brine building. Brine is a liquid chemical that activates the salt used on icy roadways. On-site brine-making capabilities will enable crews to clear the roads faster while reducing overall salt usage.

The new truck station was constructed next to the old building that was built in 1963 and was no longer large enough to meet the space requirements needed for today’s level of operations. The old building was taken down.

MnDOT District 4 is comprised of more than 1,567 miles of state highway from a dozen west-central Minnesota counties. There are 17 truck stations in District 4, with two in Douglas County, in Alexandria and Evansville.