- Rebecca Arndt
MnDOT District 7
- Mankato Office
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
- Windom Office
180 South Cty Rd 26
Windom, MN 56101
Hwy 14 safety project complete
MnDOT adds safety measures for distracted drivers
MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists can expect safety features that alert distracted drivers on Hwy 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato as the newly resurfaced and restriped Hwy is dotted with over 600 yellow delineators. The centerline delineators will prohibit passing on the six mile corridor.
The project included an eight-foot median with tube delineators every 50 feet that make motorists more aware of the center of the roadway. Rumble strips are also part of the safety measures and are placed on both the outside shoulder and the inside median to further alert drivers.
Full access will remain at all existing field entrances and crossroads.
The specific goal of the interim safety project is to reduce head-on crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A Road Safety Audit determined that head-on crashes on Hwy 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato are three times the state average for a similar roadway.
Extra enforcement by State Patrol is also part of the safety strategy as motorists have been speeding and not buckled-up on this corridor.
The next step is to expand Hwy 14 to four lanes from Nicollet to North Mankato in 2017-18, as announced by Governor Mark Dayton in June.
For more information on Hwy 14 plans visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/
The safety improvements are part of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety program. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.