- Construction Proposed
- Detroit Lakes, MN
- Summer of 2014
- Construct a roundabout at Hwy 59 & Willow Street
- The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy 59 and Willow Street in Detroit Lakes during the 2014 construction season.
- Improved safety - A roundabout can dramatically improve safety compared to an intersection with a traditional traffic signal due to slower speeds and safer collision impact angles.
- Improved mobility - Roundabouts can improve traffic flow, reduce delay and improve fuel efficiency.
- Improved pedestrian and bicycle safety – Non-motorized users cross only one lane of traffic at a time, with a safe refuge area in the splitter island.
- Engineers are preparing a detailed estimate. Project costs will be divided between MnDOT and the City of Detroit Lakes.
A Detroit Lakes Transportation Planning Study was conducted from November 2009 to February 2011 by HR Green, a consulting firm. It examined current and projected transportation needs west of Hwy 59 in Detroit Lakes.
One of the recommendations included in the study is a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy 59 and Willow Street. Read the entire final report
In August 2012, MnDOT and consulting firm HR Green shared the initial roundabout designs at a public meeting in Detroit Lakes.
Driving through a roundabout
- Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
- Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.
- Watch for signs or pavement markings that require or prohibit certain movements.
- When entering a roundabout, yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. Do not cross into the roundabout until all traffic from the left has cleared.
- After entering the roundabout, drive in a counter-clockwise direction until you reach your exit.
- Do not stop, pass or change lanes within a roundabout.
- If an emergency vehicle approaches, exit the roundabout immediately and then pull over.