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July 22, 2021

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MnDOT seeks feedback for future Hwy 10/County Road 60 intersection improvements

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to provide feedback and vote on a preferred reduced conflict intersection (RCI) design at the Highway 10 and Otter Tail County Road 60 intersection. The link to the online survey is available on the project website: mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy10rci. The survey will close August 10. The public can also stop by MnDOT’s booth at the East Otter Tail County Fair and Becker County Fair to vote in-person.

MnDOT is partnering with Otter Tail County, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths and the Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition to address safety concerns due to high crash rates at the Highway 10 and County Road 60 intersection. It is a top intersection of concern for both Otter Tail County and MnDOT District 4.

A traffic signal, new interchange and complete closure of the intersection were considered in MnDOT’s planning, but an RCI was determined to be the most cost-effective, community-driven solution. In an RCI, drivers always make a right turn, followed by a U-turn. Motorists approaching divided highways from a side street are not allowed to make left turns or cross traffic; instead, they are required to turn right onto the highway and then make a U-turn at a designated median opening.

Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 50 percent reduction in injury crashes where RCIs are constructed. An RCI addresses severe crashes by making it safer for vehicles to cross and merge by decreasing the number of lanes they need to cross at one time. To learn more about how a RCI works and review the safety benefits, visit mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy10rci/video.html.

MnDOT is considering two design options for the RCI, and would like the public’s input on the design preference. Commuters and area businesses/residents are encouraged to visit the project website to learn more about the two design options and take the survey: mndot.gov/d4/projects/hwy10rci.

The project will be funded by the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Cost will depend on the design preference, but it is estimated to be approximately $1 million. Construction is scheduled to take place in 2024.

MnDOT invites and encourages participation by all. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in this survey, such as an ASL or spoken language interpreter, or need documents in an alternate format, such as braille or large print, please contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or email ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the survey closes.