VIDEO: Reducing the Gawker Factor
Even a minor traffic incident can cause gridlock in a crowded rush hour commute. Transportation infrastructure gets tested every day in the Twin Cities Metro, especially with rough roads in pothole season.
MNDOT deploys 8-10 FIRST (Freeway Incident Response Safety Team) vehicles to patrol the interstate freeways all day in the metro area, coming to aid of drivers with stalled cars, assisting state patrol in collision scenes, and maintaining the flow of traffic for other drivers.
Operations Engineer Brian Kary reminds that even if you've never had direct assistance of a FIRST unit you have probably benefited from the direct impact on traffic flow.