Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and even the Minnesota Department of Transportation is being affected.

Gov. Tim Walz's 'Stay At Home' order officially goes into effect at midnight on Friday, March 27th, but even before then, MnDOT-- as we all are-- was adjusting to living in these changing times.

In an email earlier this week, MnDOT said while it IS still open, many employees are working remotely. And, predictably, some events and activities have been postponed, as well. Here's what's open and closed in Minnesota, when it comes to transportation:

What’s open

  • MnDOT maintenance and construction services continue.
  • Transportation offices remain open to the public.
  • Rest areas statewide are currently open. Onsite workers have been provided with personal protective equipment and are using hospital-grade disinfectants every half hour or immediately after multiple people leave a rest area building.
  • While all Minnesotans are being encouraged to stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel, roads and state highways remain open. (Note that some closures are possible due to weather, flooding or other circumstances unrelated to COVID-19. Please check for latest conditions in your area.)

Postponed events

  • All previously scheduled MnDOT-hosted meetings, conferences, training and other programs.
  • Open houses for upcoming construction projects through at least April 15. We are looking at alternative ways to host these meetings online and gather public input.

MnDOT also listed the easiest way you can contact them during Minnesota's response to COVID-19:

Although MnDOT offices are open, we encourage the public to do business with us by phone, email or online. Here are some options:

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