Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 20, 2020

Expect change to warning system at Highway 15 and Nicollet County Road 5 at Klossner next week

MANKATO, Minn. — Motorists are advised that a slight modification to the Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System (RICWS) at Highway 15 and Nicollet County Road 5 at Klossner will be made during the week of March 23.  The modification consists of programming the system to light the electronic “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs facing County Road 5 only when traffic is present on Highway 15.

The warning system was deployed in 2014 as an attempt to reduce the likelihood of crashes at the intersection and was funded by the federal government.  The system has beacons above the continuously illuminated “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs, with “WHEN FLASHING” signs mounted below.  As Highway 15 traffic approaches the intersection, the beacons begin to flash.  However, some motorists on County Road 5 may find the continuously illuminated “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs confusing; believing Highway 15 traffic to be present even though the beacons were not flashing.  When revisions are complete, the flashing beacons and the “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs will only be illuminated when Highway 15 traffic is approaching the intersection.

There are a number of RICWS systems in place on Minnesota highways, however only three have been deployed in southcentral Minnesota – the other two being at Highway 60 and Cottonwood County Road 1 in Mountain Lake, and on US 14 at 561st Avenue near MVL High School.  More information on the Rural Intersection Warning Systems can be found at mndot.gov/trafficeng/signals/conflictwarning.html.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

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