Minnesota Department of Transportation

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July 1, 2013

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Traffic signal at Hwy 5 and Main Street in Arlington to be removed July 9

MnDOT signal evaluation complete

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Tuesday, July 9, will replace the traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 5 and Main Street in Arlington with a two-way stop sign that will improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.

All signs currently at the intersection will remain, and motorists on Main Street will need to continue to heed stop signs before entering the intersection. Hwy 5 motorists will not need to stop at the intersection, except when pedestrians are crossing.

The decision was based on an evaluation that began in April during which MnDOT, the Arlington Police Department and Sibley County staff closely monitored traffic operations at the intersection. During the evaluation, no crashes or close calls were observed, and motorist compliance and acceptance of the revised traffic control has been excellent, according to MnDOT.

An earlier MnDOT study determined that current and forecasted traffic was not high enough to warrant the signal at Hwy 5 and Main Street that has been in-place for at least 30 years.

Replacing the signal with through-stop control (two-way stop) is expected to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes, based on crash records from other urban through-stop controlled intersections on the state highway system, with similar volumes of traffic. It is believed that through-stop controlled intersections have fewer crashes because motorists are required to be attentive and actively look for a safe gap in traffic, rather than relying on a traffic signal indication that does not tell the motorist if it is safe to enter the intersection.

In addition to expected crash reduction benefits, the removal of the signal will result in cost savings to both the city of Arlington and the state.



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