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Hwy 15/CR 120 diverging diamond interchange opens Oct. 17
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists will experience smoother traffic flow and easier access to local roads and businesses in Sartell and St. Cloud Thursday, Oct. 17, when the Minnesota Department of Transportation opens all lanes of a diverging diamond interchange at Highway 15 and County Road 120 in Sartell and St. Cloud.
The interchange, which opens at 10 a.m., will be the second diverging diamond design to open in Minnesota, and the first that is fully functional with traffic signals.
The interchange uses lanes that cross over at each end of the bridge to eliminate left-hand turns across opposing traffic.
The interchange also features an integrated programmable signal system. Traffic signals are located at the crossovers at each end of the bridge and where the ramps from Highway 15 intersect County Road 120. The system, once optimized, will allow platoons of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists to safely cross the new County Road 120 bridge spanning Highway 15, and will improve traffic movement between Highway 15 and County Road 120.
“When you eliminate the left turn across opposing traffic, you eliminate one of the more dangerous traffic movements a motorist makes any given day,” said Sue Groth, State Traffic Engineer. “By eliminating that movement and programming the signal system to accommodate the new traffic flow, we expect to see strong long-term improvements in both safety and mobility at this site.”
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