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MnDOT announces text option for southwest Minnesota travelers

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that they now provide a text option for southwest Minnesota.

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MNDOT announces text option for southwest Minnesota. Stock image

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that a text option is available for travel information in southwest Minnesota.

The counties included are Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Yellow Medicine.

Texts may be issued in the event of road closures, travel advisories, meetings, events and also surveys.

While most people have been able to sign up for emails to stay informed of construction projects and studies, travelers now have the option of being notified by text of road situations that will help them make informed travel decisions.

The program will also let those who sign up know of occasions when they can provide feedback and learn about upcoming projects and events.

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To sign up for text alerts:

  • Go to the MnDOT website for southwest Minnesota at mndot.gov/d8 and look for “Email and text updates” under the “Connect with us” heading.

  • Click the link and choose to receive messages via email or text message. (Subscribers must choose either email or text; however, a text message alert will also trigger an email due to the way the software program works.)

  • Then, choose “Construction projects” and subscribe to specific projects and/or “Southwest MN Travel Alerts” within the category Southwest MN (MnDOT District 8).

  • Topics with a cellphone icon are available for text messages.

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Image of current subscription topics. Courtesy of Minnesota Department of Transportation

Information for southwest Minnesota can also be found on MNDOT’s Southwest Minnesota Facebook group and on Twitter at @MnDOTsouthwest .

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit 511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store .

Tim Speier joined the Brainerd Dispatch in October 2021, covering Public Safety.
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