The newly completed Draft Highway 23 Road Safety Audit and its findings is part of a multi-agency effort to improve safety along 16 miles of Highway 23 from Foley to Milaca in Benton and Mille Lacs counties.
Safe pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and crossings
in urban areas
High speed rear-end crashes in rural areas
Develop three-lane roadway sections in urban areas
Plan for the future cross-section and layouts of the corridor and be ready before any future MnDOT reconstruction occurs
Improve pedestrian and bicycle crossing amenities in urban areas
Convert selected Highway 23 intersection approach lanes in rural areas from thru/right-turn lane into thru/left-turn lane approaches. Right-turn lanes can be added in the long term
Develop raised medians and left turn lanes in urban areas
Develop median buffer lanes and centerline rumble strips in rural areas
The Highway 23 corridor runs from Foley to Milaca and includes the communities of Ronneby, Oak Park, and Foreston. The study corridor is heavily used by commuters to and from St. Cloud during the peak hours, but is even more heavily used by vacation traffic on the summer weekends.
There has been community concerns with safety on the corridor especially in relation to increased speeds and the weekend summer traffic. Most importantly, there has been a marked increase in fatal crashes in 2016 and 2017 on the east side of the City of Foley that have not occurred on the corridor in the past.
To further investigate the corridor issues and community concerns, MnDOT decided to conduct a Road Safety Audit. A road safety audit is performed to identify and document issues and concerns of the roadway environment and to identify potential solutions to improve the safety of the corridor through short term, mid-term, and long-term improvement strategies. Draft Highway 23 Road Safety Audit report ( Sept. 8, 2017) 10mb, PDF
Highway 23 Road Safety Audit
Pre-Audit: Data Collection
Community meeting at Foley Intermediate School: Issues and Concerns
Public Comments Received
Audit: Field Reviews
June 20 and July 19
Post-Audit: Putting it all together - Road Safety Audit Team Review of Draft Report