Most people probably aren’t thinking about it right now, but MN-DOT is looking for landowners to install snow fences in open areas along state highways, and negotiated compensation is available to those eligible. Bryan Christensen with MN-DOT’s district office in Detroit Lakes says it’s for safety reasons. “It’s gonna help decrease a lot of that blowing snow, the ice, and then also cut down on the salt on the roadways,” he says.
Christensen says there are three options: conventional structural snow fence, leaving extra rows of corn, or a so-called “living snow fence” with trees and bushes. As for compensation, he says “MN-DOT can end up either purchasing or leasing the parcel, depending on the project type agreed upon by MN-DOT and the landowner.” For more information, contact your MN-DOT district office.
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