Ask a Trooper: There is a limit to train blockage

Published 8:08 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Question: I was stuck at a train crossing the other day for half an hour. What is the law on how long a train can block the road crossing and who do I report this to? How do I get this fixed as it seems to happen far too often?

Answer: Minnesota law prohibits trains from blocking public roadways for more than 10 minutes. You should report any issues to local government (city, county or state), which will then contact the appropriate railroad company. The state law does not apply to cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, as they regulate obstructions of streets by city ordinance.

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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848.  (Or reach him at,