Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Park Rapids Roundabout

Hwy 71 / Hubbard County Road 15

A coordinated effort

Hwy 71/County Rd 15 intersection

MnDOT is gathering public input regarding potential intersection reconstruction and corridor access modifications on Hwy 71 from Hubbard County Road 15 to Eighth Street in Park Rapids.

Alliant Consulting Inc. conducted an Intersection Control Evaluation in 2016 to analyze the intersection and access management along the corridor. The roundabout configuration was selected based upon the results of the study and input provided by the public.

A roundabout at the intersection would provide the greatest safety and functional benefit.

The study

The goal of an Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) is to select the optimal control for an intersection based on an objective analysis for the existing conditions and future needs. These guidelines provide direction and recommendations for completing the evaluation.

In order to determine the optimal intersection control strategy, the overall design of the intersection must be considered. Some general objectives for good intersection design that should be considered are:

  • Provide adequate sight distance
  • Minimize points of conflict
  • Simplify conflict areas
  • Limit conflict frequency
  • Minimize the severity of conflicts
  • Minimize delay
  • Provide acceptable capacity

The purpose of the ICE report is to document all of the analysis (technical, financial, political) that went into determining the recommended alternative. Early decisions help limit scope creep. The ICE process also helps to collaborate with local agencies and considers all options on an equal basis.

The following intersections were analyzed during the ICE. Traffic signals are no longer being considered at this intersection, because the volume of traffic using the intersection is not projected to reach the minimum threshold until the year 2029.

Intersection Control Evaluation considerations
Intersection Control Evaluation considerations for Hwy 71 and Hubbard County Road 15