Traffic signal to be deactivated at Highway 14/Highway 71 intersection near Sanborn
MANKATO, Minn. – The traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 71 in Sanborn will be deactivated on Wednesday, Sept. 19, weather permitting. In place of the signal, an “all-way stop” will be installed, which will be equipped with LED-enhanced stop signs and advance signage.
Due to the current and forecasted traffic volumes in this area, the signal is no longer warranted and is a strong candidate for removal. The signal is also approaching the end of its service life and has been requiring increased maintenance to keep it operational.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will monitor traffic operations at the intersection following the deactivation and evaluate whether the signal can be permanently removed during a 2022 construction project on Highway 14 from Highway 71 to Springfield.
Statewide, all-way stop control intersections with similar traffic volumes have shown to have less frequent and less severe crashes than comparable signalized intersections. Replacing the signal with all-way stop control will also maintain traffic operations and reduce maintenance expenses.
Motorists should use extra caution at the intersection once the signal is deactivated to allow for drivers to adjust to the new traffic control.