MnDOT gets federal grant to make intersections safer

U.S. Hwy 63 and Olmsted Co. Rd. 21/121

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will receive some money to make some intersections safer.

MnDOT will receive $1.45 million to install conflict warning systems at 15 rural intersections statewide.

The funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Recovery (TIGER) is for next year, but some funding has already been set aside for two to be put in Olmsted County later this fall. One is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 63 and County Road 21/121. The other is at State Highway 42 and County Road 9.

“It’s an additional safety measure that we can take. It’s low cost but high effectiveness and it just gives the drivers, especially those on the minor roads, which would be the county roads leading up to the highways, additional warning that something’s coming, there’s an intersection, pay attention,” said MnDOT Spokesperson, Kristin Kammueller.

She said while it has not been decided yet, it is likely that Olmsted County could have another warning system installed as part of this funding. That would be at the west junction of U.S. Highway 52 and County Road 19.

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