Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 10, 2017

RRFB to be installed in Litchfield the week of October 16, 2017

WILLMAR, Minn. — MnDOT and the City of Litchfield are partnering to test a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon, or RRFB, at the intersection of Hwy 12 and 3rd Street in Litchfield.  A RRFB will be installed the week of October 16, 2017 for a testing period of 90 days.  The current traffic signal will be hooded and will not be 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.

A RRFB 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. The current traffic signal was evaluated and found to not be warranted.  Further analysis of the intersection suggests that an RRFB is a good option for pedestrians to safely cross the road.

There are many opportunities for the public to learn more about Rectangular Flashing Beacons and give their feedback.  Staff from MnDOT and Bolton-Menk will be at Harvest Madness this Thursday, October 12 to educate community members on how to use the pedestrian device and to promote upcoming opportunities to give feedback.

For more information on the project, testing period, and a list of feedback opportunities visit www.mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy12litchfield.

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