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District 4 Overview


District 4 overview


When it comes to safety District 4’s strategy is very proactive. The District is currently installing edge-line rumble stripes on many rural roads and have rumble stripe projects planned through 2013. There are currently edge line rumble strips/stripes on over 1,300 miles of the 1,900 lane miles in the district. The district is also adding over 100 miles of edge line stripes/strips per year.

The district dedicates approximately $1 million per year to safety improvements that are incorporated into our pavement projects. These improvements may include: pavement markings, sign enhancements, right turn lanes, left turn lanes, access management, intersection lighting, rumble stripes/strips, sign updates, wet reflective lines, chevrons and delineators, profile stripes and new guardrail installation.

In addition, District 4 has let a cable median barrier project near Alexandria and Moorhead. Approximately 7 miles of the barrier will be installed near Moorhead, and approximately 10 miles will be installed near Alexandria. A third section is currently being designed near Fergus Falls to be installed later this season.

Safety projects recently completed:

  • Installed a four-way stop at the junction of Hwy 75 and Clay Co. Rd. 26  near Kragnes
  • Installed a four-way stop at the north junction of Hwy 210 and Hwy 75 in Breckenridge
  • Added LED flashing stop signs at the junction of Hwy 9 and Clay Co. Rd. 26. Clay County paid for the signs and MnDOT installed them
  • Installed and activated a new signal at Pebble Lake Road and Hwy 210 in Fergus Falls

A Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) regional coordinator has been added in central Minnesota to lead TZD efforts locally. Minnesota TZD is the state’s cornerstone traffic safety program, employing an interdisciplinary approach to reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths on Minnesota roads. Since 2003, there has been a 37 percent reduction in the number of fatalities across the state through the combined efforts of the 4 “E’s,” education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services. We’ve developed a statewide Strategic Highway Safety Plan and implemented highway safety plans for each county and MnDOT district. Program details and statistics are available at http://www.minnesotatzd.org/.


District 4’s mobility investment strategy is to partner with cities and counties to study the transportation network of a problematic area. The district works cooperatively with them to develop a transportation system that includes both safety and mobility improvements, concentrating on projects that have low costs but high benefits. There are also several access management projects in the works that will make mobility improvements between trade centers.

Mobility improvement projects recently completed:

  • Alexandria - 3rd Avenue to Douglas County Road 42
    Restriped to accommodate two northbound lanes, one southbound lane and a left-turn lane to handle heavy traffic flow from the south.
  • Moorhead – Interstate 94 and Main Avenue
    Reconstructed the eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp
  • Perham – Highway 10 and Otter Tail County 34
    Constructed a new interchange


MnDOT District 4 has been involved in several flood-related projects to protect the highway infrastructure in our area. The district is currently working on a hydraulic planning study to help prioritize flood-prone areas, including closed basins which could lead to a loss of road. The study looks at the best options to mitigate the flood potential in an environmentally responsible way. The study will examine alternatives such as raising highways and basin outlets. It will also look at funding needs.

District 4 is also using an innovative alternative contracting method to deliver certain types of projects. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracting allows MnDOT to add additional locations to a base contract. This method has been used in culvert replacement projects as a way to plan for unexpected culvert failures. IDIQ saves money because it eliminates the need for change orders, and it reduces risk by helping the district plan for the unknown.


  • Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association Re-Construction Merit Award for the 2011 Hwy 27 cold in-place recycle resurfacing project between Herman and Hoffman.
  • Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota Concrete Overlays Merit Award for the 2011 I-94 concrete overlay project between Barnesville and Downer.
  • National Asphalt Pavement Association Quality in Construction Award for the 2011 Hwy 9 resurfacing project between the Clay/Norman county line and Hwy 10.


District 4 has been partnering with various local government agencies, community organizations and private corporations to get the most value out of transportation and accessibility projects for taxpayer dollars. Several transportation and community planning studies in the last five years have been conducted in cooperation with cities, counties and other government agencies. The district strategy on community and economic development projects is to work with local governments and other agencies to obtain both economic and highway benefits as part of projects.