This weekend’s Minnesota fishing opener marks another significant milestone as we march toward summer.

“This is a very, very big travel weekend, and I think it would be safe to call it the first big weekend of the spring, summer season.”

MnDOT’s Kevin Gutknecht says no matter where you are headed, planning is key.

Check 511 before you travel, if there’s any road construction or any issues. Allow extra time. If there’s any way you can leave earlier, or wait and leave the next morning, that would be a good thing.

Large projects to note on major arteries include I35 in the Twin Cities, I90 in Freeborn County and I94 near Alexandria.