Allow extra travel time as districtwide safety projects get underway June 3 in southwest MN

Travelers should allow extra travel time as districtwide safety enhancement projects get underway June 3 in southwest Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The safety enhancements include a combination of refurbished and new intersection signing and pavement markings, centerline rumble strips, and reflective striping. The project is expected to take 25 working days.

Centerline rumble strips and reflective striping

Crews will install new centerline rumble strips and reflective striping along the following state highways.

  • Starting June 3 – Highway 212 from Olivia to west of Hector (east working west)
  • Starting June 8 – Highway 71 from Blomkest to Hwy 212 west of Olivia (north working south)
  • Starting June 15 – Highway 212 from Danube to Renville (east working west)
  • Starting June 18 – Highway 23 from Clara City to east of Granite Falls (north working south)
  • Starting June 26 – Highway 212 from east of Highway 23 to Granite Falls city limits (east working west)

TRAFFIC IMPACT: Travelers will be directed through the work zone by flaggers and a pilot car. Expect delays; allow extra travel time.

Intersection signing and pavement markings

Crews will install or refurbish stop bars and pavement markings at 60 locations throughout all twelve counties of the district: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine. Stop bars are 24 inch-wide, solid white lines that extend across all lanes in one direction to indicate where to stop. They provide drivers with an additional visual reminder to stop before entering or crossing traffic at an intersection.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: Drivers may encounter temporary shoulder and lane closures with flagging operations, as well as equipment entering and exiting the roadway. MnDOT encourages travelers to always drive with caution and to slow down in project areas for their safety and the safety of workers.

Project benefits and cost

Benefits of the project include enhanced safety as rumble strips and pavement markings communicate to drivers where to position their vehicles and warn about upcoming conditions. The new pavement markings will be more visible to drivers.

Surface Prep Tech is the contractor, and the project cost is $2,223,684.

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