Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 12 Reconstruction


About this project

drawing of RRFB at 3rd Street and Hwy 12

Pedestrian Flashing Beacon Test

MnDOT and the City of Litchfield are partnering to test a Pedestrian Flashing Beacon at the intersection of Hwy 12 and 3rd Street in Litchfield. With the planned reconstruction of Hwy 12 in 2020 the current traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 12 and 3rd Street has been evaluated and found to not be warranted. Further analysis of the intersection suggests that an pedestrian flashing beacon is a good option for pedestrians to safely cross the road. To read more about why the signal isn't warranted and the test click here.

An pedestrian flashing beacon is a pedestrian-activated crossing option device used at un-signalized intersections and mid-block crosswalks. It has an irregular flash pattern, similar to what is used by emergency vehicles. Click here to view a video of how an pedestrian flashing beacon works.

A RRFB was installed October 24, 2017 for a testing period of 90 days. The current traffic signal has been shut down and is not operational. The testing period is an opportunity to collect data and public input. At the end of the evaluation period, the results of the study, including public feedback, will be presented to the Litchfield City Council. Click here to read more Frequently Asked Questions or visit the pedestrian flashing beacon test tab for additional information.

Testing of the pedestrian flashing beacon wraps up January 22, 2018. MnDOT and the City of Litchfield would like your feedback again. If you didn't respond to the first survey, you can still take this survey. Follow the link to complete the survey - surveymonkey.com/r/litchfieldpedbeacon.


The pedestrain flashing beacon will be removed the evening of January 22, 2018. The traffic signal will be unwrapped and will flash red and the stop signs on 3rd Street will be bagged. The stop signs will be removed on January 23, 2018. Once removed, the traffic signal will be fully operational. Message boards have been placed prior to the intersection to notify drivers of the traffic control change.

Summary of MnDOT work

  • Reconstruction of four blocks of Hwy 12 and Hwy 22 through downtown Litchfield from Commercial Street to 4th Street
  • Project includes the reconstruction of the existing roadway and sidewalks from building face to building face
  • Update pedestrian crossings along project area to meet Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards
  • Improve drainage along the project area and associated outlet to Jewett Creek
  • Since much of the Highway 12 reconstruction project is located within and near the Litchfield Historic Commercial District and other historic properties, the Section 106 review process is a crucial component to the project. MnDOT is working closely with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

Summary of City of Litchfield work

  • Update utilities (sanitary sewer & water) along the project area