Yellow tubes temporarily removed from Hwy 14 Nicollet to North Mankato Hwy 14 section remains NO PASSING ZONE
MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists may be surprised to see the yellow tubes missing from the middle of Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato, however the highway is still clearly marked as a NO PASSING zone.
Tuesday’s extreme heat and high winds appeared to have caused many of the delineators to fail. The Minnesota Department of Transportation responded with the assistance of State Patrol, removed the failed tubes and, subsequently, removed all delineators in the problem area.
MnDOT officials are investigating the cause of the failure of the delineators to adhere to the surface and plan to replace them when a solution is determined.
The delineators were installed last fall to alert distracted drivers on Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato where head-on crashes have been significantly higher than the state average. The highway was resurfaced and restriped with the yellow delineators placed at the centerline to prohibit passing on the six mile corridor.
The interim safety project included an eight-foot median with tube delineators every 50 feet to make motorists more aware of the center of the roadway. Rumble strips were also part of the safety measures and are placed on both the outside shoulder and the inside median to further alert drivers.
MnDOT plans to expand Highway 14 to four lanes from Nicollet to North Mankato in 2017-18, as announced by Governor Mark Dayton in June 2012.
For more information on Highway 14 plans visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/projects/14newulmtonmankato/