Truck Drivers Continue Passing Through Lowry Hill Tunnel

August 04, 2017 07:59 AM

Trucks are still a problem in the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis, despite frequent warnings from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to drivers of trucks weighing 9,000 pounds or more to avoid the tunnel.

A KSTP photographer captured video of semi truck drivers passing through the tunnel Friday morning.

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WATCH that video via the player above.

MnDOT has warned truck and bus drivers to avoid the tunnel during the roadwork project, which includes lane restrictions and reductions. If they fail to follow instruction, they face a fine of up to $300.

The Minnesota State Patrol said it has added extra patrols in the area to issue warnings or citations to those drivers.

RELATED: Truckers Continue to Cause Problems in Lowry Hill Tunnel

MnDOT recently released video of a semitrailer clipping a string of light fixtures attached to the top of the tunnel's wall. MnDOT reported 47 lights were broken and crews were continuing to assess the damage.

Officials are working to identify the driver, who could face charges including criminal damage to property, failure to obey signs, and hit-and-run.

RELATED: Footage Shows Scofflaw Semi Bust Lowry Tunnel Lights

The final stage of the tunnel project took place late Thursday night, wrapping up early Friday morning. Two eastbound lanes of traffic and two lanes of westbound traffic were set up just after 6 a.m. Friday.

RELATED: New Configuration in the Lowry Hill Tunnel Starts Friday Morning

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