Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Feb. 6, 2018

MnDOT District 8 releases public feedback from Litchfield pedestrian flashing beacon test

WILLMAR, Minn. – MnDOT and the city of Litchfield would like to thank the more than 900 individuals that took time to share their opinions during the testing of the pedestrian flashing beacon in Litchfield. 

The current traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 12 and 3rd Street in Litchfield no longer meets standards. 

MnDOT has made the recommendation to replace the signal with the planned reconstruction of Highway 12 in downtown Litchfield in 2020. A detailed traffic analysis, considering the current situation as well as future potential growth, was conducted before making the recommendation. The test allowed the public to experience the pedestrian device and to give their feedback.

The traffic signal at Highway 12 and 3rd Street was turned off and the pedestrian flashing beacon was installed on October 24, 2017. 

The testing period lasted 90 days and ended on January 22, 2018. 

Public feedback was sought 30 days into the testing period and again in mid-January 2018 towards the end of the 90-day test. The pedestrian device was removed on January 22, 2018 and the traffic signal is fully operational.

Final information (technical analysis and public feedback) was presented to the public and the Litchfield City Council at an open house last night, Feb. 5, 2018, at the Litchfield City Hall.

A summary of results, and all project information, is available on the project webpage at mndot.gov/d8/projects/hwy12litchfield/.  

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