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New truck station takes shape in Evansville

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is building a new truck station in Evansville. The new District 4 campus is being constructed next to the existing building located on County Road 82. MnDOT leaders say it will provide more space for emp...

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is building a new truck station in Evansville. (Contributed)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is building a new truck station in Evansville.

The new District 4 campus is being constructed next to the existing building located on County Road 82.

MnDOT leaders say it will provide more space for employees, equipment and materials.

In addition to a new 9,500-square-foot facility with office space and warm storage, the new campus will include new cold storage, 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.

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The extra storage space will also allow MnDOT to house two tow plows in Evansville, which will greatly benefit the area during the winter months.

"It's not common for a district truck station to have two tow plows on hand, making this a unique project for MnDOT," said Brian Kotschevar, facility manager at MnDOT. "Having this equipment in Evansville, along with having brine and salt readily available will greatly improve our snow and ice operations in this area and along the I-94 corridor that this truck station serves."

The new truck station is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will be fully occupied by the summer of 2019.

MnDOT plans to demolish the old building, which was built in 1963 and no longer meets the space requirements needed for today's level of operations, according to transportation officials.

District 4 is comprised of more than 1,567 miles of state highway across 12 counties in northwestern Minnesota: Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilken.

There are 17 truck stations located throughout District 4 in Alexandria, Appleton, Barnesville, Benson, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Evansville, Fergus Falls, Glenwood, Hawley, Henning, Mahnomen, Moorhead, Morris, Perham, Ortonville and Wheaton.

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