Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 19, 2013

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Electronic Message Boards go up in Mankato


Watch for workers on Hwys 14, and 169

MANKATO, Minn. – By mid-July motorists on Hwys 14 and 169 in Mankato will have another way to get real-time information during road emergencies.

Permanent electronic message boards will be installed beginning June 24.  Motorists can expect shoulder closures near the US 14 & US 169 interchange for the installations.

The electronic message boards will only be used for events and emergencies that impact traffic.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol will partner in the use of and responsibility for the messages.  The South Central Toward Zero Deaths steering committee, which includes staff from MnDOT, State Patrol, Public Safety and Emergency Services, was instrumental in the project.

Messages typically include a statement of the problem, effect on the motorist and an action or suggestion for the motorist.

Examples of traffic conditions ahead that warrant the use of the signs include:

  • Crashes
  • Closures
  • Construction
  • Hazardous conditions

The message boards will also be used for Amber Alerts and other public safety messages.

By providing real-time information to the motorists, the signs can improve route selection, reduce travel time and mitigate the severity/duration of incidents.

Parsons Electric, LLC of Duluth is the contractor for the signs on the $423,950 project which also includes interchange lighting on Hwy 60 near Saint James.

 

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