Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 12 Reconstruction

Litchfield

Orange barrels on a highway

Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Test

Testing Period

    • Traffic signal turned off and RRFB installed/operational on October 24, 2017
    • Testing will run 90 days
    • Public feedback sought 30 days into testing period (feedback summary below)
    • Public feedback will be sought in mid-January (2018) towards end of 90 day testing period
    • Information (technical analysis & public feedback) will be presented to Litchfield City Council in January 2018

Public feedback summary

MnDOT and the City of Litchfield would like to thank the more than 400 Litchfield residents that took the time to share their opinions on how they feel the intersection of Highway 12 and 3rd Street is performing since the removal of the traffic signal. After reading through all the comments from the public and business open houses and going through the results of the on-line survey we've summarized the comments below:

  1. Most residents are experiencing less delay driving north and southbound on Highway 12 with the removal of the traffic signal.
  2. Many residents haven't walked the intersection/used the RRFB since it was installed.
  3. Many residents don't feel comfortable turning onto Highway 12 or driving east/west on 3rd Street because they feel it is hard to see past parked cars.
  4. Many residents don't realize that they can make a left turn from Highway 12 onto 3rd Street.
  5. Many residents feel the speeds on Sibley Avenue have increased since the removal of the traffic signal.
  6. Many residents feel it is hard to park, especially to parallel park, and to get around cars that are parking in the area where the RRFB is.
  7. Many residents feel that the RRFB is confusing to use.
MnDOT and the City of Litchfield want residents to know that we've heard your comments and concerns and modifications are being made. Below is what we've heard and how we are responding. For survey results click here.

What we heard

People are experiencing less delay driving north and southbound on Highway 12 with the removal of the traffic signal.

Our response

Great, that is how the intersection should be performing according to the traffic study that was conducted.

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What we heard

Many residents haven't walked the intersection/used the RRFB since it was installed.

Our response

MnDOT and the City of Litchfield would like to encourage residents to use the intersection, both as a motorist and pedestrian. The challenges that are occurring don't necessarily mean that the RRFB is the wrong intersection device. Some modifications to the intersection need to be made and more education around how to use the RRFB needs to be done. Please use the intersection before making a final opinion. Change takes time.

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What we heard

Many residents don't feel comfortable turning onto Highway 12 or driving east/west on 3rd Street because they feel it is hard to see past parked cars.

Our response

MnDOT's consultant on the Highway 12 project, Bolton & Menk, has reviewed the visibility and confirmed that it meets standards. We understand that doesn't mean that people feel comfortable. If additional parking spots were moved it would help people feel more comfortable, but that is not a supported option by the Litchfield City Council. Please feel free to pull up past the stop sign, if there isn't anyone in the crosswalk, once you've stopped to see past parked cars and increase your comfort level before pulling out.

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What we heard

Many residents don't think they can make a left turn from Highway 12 onto 3rd Street.

Our response

Motorist CAN take a left from Highway 12 onto 3rd Street even though the left turn lane is no longer available. It is difficult to visualize with the test set-up, but it will be more apparent once the median is constructed. The median will be smaller than what the test set-up represents. A smaller median will help make left turns, parking and snow removal less constraining. The graphic below shows what the intersection and left turning movement will look like.

drawing of RRFB at 3rd Street and Hwy 12

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What we heard

Many residents feel the speeds on Sibley Avenue have increased since the removal of the traffic signal.

Our response

Bolton & Menk, MnDOT's consultants on the Highway 12 project, conducted another speed study the week of November 20, 2017. The vast majority of motorists are traveling at or below 30 mph. The current speed limit on Sibley Avenue is 30 mph.

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What we heard

Many residents feel it is hard to park, especially to parallel park, and to get around cars that are parking in the area where the RRFB is.

Our response

Again, with the test set-up and tube delineators, it can be hard to visualize how the intersection would look when finished. The median will be smaller. It will not overlap with parking areas. It will feel narrower than before the median was constructed, but there will be plenty of room to park and get around cars that are parking.

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What we heard

Many residents feel that the RRFB is confusing to use.

Our response

An instructional card will be posted on the RRFB to guide pedestrians on the proper use of the RRFB.