Jan 8, 2013 at 11:28 am
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (KNSI) Crews will repair a segment of fence meant to protect motorists and pedestrians on Highway 10 in Sauk Rapids after it was vandalized twice in less than three weeks.
The fence is located along the eastbound lanes of Highway 10, approximately a half-mile north of County Road 3.
The fence was destroyed earlier this winter and repaired at a cost of nearly $500. This is the third time in four years that the fence has been torn down.
Officials believe it's occurring to allow snowmobiles access to Highway 10.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation installs and maintains fences along high-volume, high-speed roads to protect motorists from wildlife that could otherwise gain easy access and to prevent children and others from straying onto a busy segment of potentially dangerous highway.
Sauk Rapids Police Sergeant Dan Falk says aside from being illegal, he wants people to understand that taking down a barrier fence like this near a residential neighborhood also creates safety problems for people and pets.
Destruction of state property is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.
MnDOT will continue to monitor the fence and repair it as needed.
Those with information about the fence and vandalism are asked to contact the Sauk Rapids Police Department.