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Published March 12, 2011, 07:57 PM

ND Highway Patrol Struggles To Clean I-29

The high number of abandoned vehicles on area interstates has created a bit problem for the North Dakota Highway Patrol as troopers began to clear the highways.

The high number of abandoned vehicles on area interstates has created a bit problem for the North Dakota Highway Patrol as troopers began to clear the highways.

"For most of the people, if they would have had a shovel they may have been able just to shovel their way out," said trooper Travis Nelson.

When Nelson went to work last night, he saw a half a dozen semis in the ditch and another six cars stranded in the middle of the road on I-29.

"There were several people that were out here for 6-7 hours out on the interstate waiting for people because it was hard for us to even get to theme. We couldn't see where we were going on the roads," said Nelson.

This morning, when cleaning up the interstate near Grand Forks, authorities not only worried about stranded cars, but those not obeying the closed road barricades.

"I think they just thought the roads were fine. We have it up for a reason because there are still cars stuck on the road and we don't want somebody coming up behind them and running into them," said Nelson.

Even though most roads are clear, Nelson says it doesn't mean you can drive the speed limit.

"There is ice on the roads, where we are driving now the visibility is still down so you're still going to have to pay attention to what you are doing because it's not just another day of driving," said Nelson.

Road conditions for I-29 range from continuous ice and snow-covered roads.

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