Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2

Bagley

Project Canceled

Based upon input from the community and city council, this project has been canceled and will no longer be constructed.

 

 

 

Road Diet

Road Diet Example. Switching from a four lane section to a three lane.
A road diet example- switching from a 4-lane section to a 3-lane with a center left turn lane and bike lane.

What is a Road Diet?

4-lane, undivided highways have a history of higher crash rates, especially in urban areas with many turning options. The main issue is that the left lane is shared by higher-speed through traffic, along with left-turning vehicles.

A road diet would reallocate the driving surface with a single lane in each direction with a shared center left-turn lane and separate bike lane.

Why even consider removing a driving lane?

Road diets provide benefits to all modes of transportation, including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Benefits can include the following:

  • Crash reduction of up to 47%, including rear-end and T-bone type crashes
  • Reduces and streamlines speed which increases safety and makes gap selection easier
  • Increases safety for bicyclists and provides fewer lanes for pedestrians to cross
  • Provides a safe space between parking lane and driving lane
  • Encourages a more community focused environment
  • Provide a safer turning movement for semi-trucks onto Hwy 92

Some concerns we've heard

  • Excessive speeds, especially on the edges of town
  • Hwy 2 is a barrier for pedestrians
  • Little separation from parked vehicles downtown
  • No dedicated bicycle facilities
  • Sidewalks are not kept clear of snow
  • Difficult for trucks to turn at Hwy 92

Traffic congestion

Highway 2 through Bagley carries approximately 7,500 vehicles per day. This is very similar to the traffic volumes seen on:

  • Hwy 371- Walker (8,000 per day)
  • Hwy 71- Park Rapids (8,000 per day)
  • Hwy 11- Roseau (7,500 per day)
  • Hwy 59- Thief River Falls (8,700 per day)

All four of these highways carry the same amount of traffic on a 3-lane road, with 2 through lanes and a center left turn lane. An urban 3-lane road can handle up to double the traffic that currently uses Highway 2 in Bagley.

How can a road diet increase safety?

When making a left hand turn, vehicles in the far lane can become hidden

When making a left hand turn, vehicles in the far lane can become hidden

Reduction in the number of "conflict points" which contribute to rear end, left turn and side swipe crashes. Conflict points are used by engineers to designate opportunities for crashes.

Reduction in the number of "conflict points" which contribute to rear end, left turn and side swipe crashes. Conflict points are used by engineers to designate opportunities for crashes.