About this project
St. Louis County is serving as the lead agency on this project. MnDOT and Hibbing Taconite are working in cooperation with St. Louis County.
Summary of work
- Construct a roundabout at intersection of Hwy 73 and County Rd 5
Expected safety benefits
Intersections account for the second highest number of serious crashes on county highways. The design of an intersection will have a direct impact on public safety for many years. According to the Federal Highway Administration, a roundabout is a proven strategy to improve traffic safety. A roundabout at Hwy 73 and new County Rd 5 instead of an intersection controlled by stop signs is expected to reduce injury crashed by 82 percent and total crashes by 58 percent.
County Rd 5 was closed and relocated to Hwy 136 in Summer 2016. This change included widening Hwy 136 and constructing a new curve to bring County Rd 5 onto the Hwy 136 alignment. County Rd 5 was closed near Hibbing Taconite to provide access additional lands for mining.
St. Louis County Project Engineer
Victor Lund, PE
St. Louis County Traffic Engineer
MnDOT Project Manager, District 1 Duluth