Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 10, 2019

All Highway 60 J-turns by Heron Lake open

MANKATO, Minn. — All three J-turns on Highway 60 in Heron Lake opened to traffic late on Wednesday, October 9.

The summer-long construction project consisted of improving intersection safety by constructing three J-turns, also known as Reduced Conflict Intersections at the following locations:

  • Highway 60 & Jackson County Road 24
  • Highway 60 & 10th Street (Jackson County Road 9)
  • Highway 60 & 1st Street (Jackson County Road 43)

Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where J-turns are used.

The recent crash history at the 10th Street (Jackson County Road 9) intersection was above average number of crashes; most of which were right-angle/t-bone crashes. These crashes carry a higher likelihood of serious injury or death. Two of the right-angle crashes that occurred in the recent past resulted in three fatalities. Only addressing the problem at 10th Street could result in the problem being relocated to the other intersections that serve Heron Lake, which is why all three intersections were improved with J-turns.

More information on driving J-turns and can be found at mndot.gov/d7/projects/hwy60heronlake.

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