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02/22/2017

THE MARTIN COUNTY BOARD TUESDAY DISCUSSED THE INTERSECTION OF TRUNK HIGHWAY 263 AND MARTIN COUNTY STATE AID HIGHWAY 26 (OLD 16) AND THE FREQUENT CRASHES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE AT THAT INTERSECTION.

AS A RESULT OF THE INTERSECTION'S CRASH HISTORY MN DOT INSTALLED CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING SOLAR POWERED RED BEACONS ABOVE THE EXISTING STOP SIGNS ON HIGHWAY 263 TO ALERT TRAFFIC OF THE STOP CONDITION AT THE INTERSECTION WITH COUNTY ROAD 26. SINCE INSTALLATION OF THE FLASHERS THERE STILL HAS BEEN A HIGH FREQUENCY OF CRASHES ACCORDING TO MN DOT.

THEY HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH MARTIN COUNTY HIGHWAY ENGINEER KEVIN PEYMAN ABOUT A SOLUTION WITH AN ALL WAY STOP OR CONSTRUCTION OF A ROUNDABOUT. THE ROUNDABOUT WOULD COST THE COUNTY BETWEEN 100,000 TO 400,000 DOLLARS TO CONSTRUCT.

THE MN DOT RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE AN ALL WAY STOP TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN ADVANCE OF THE PROPOSED 2021 CONSTRUCTION ON HIGHWAY 263. MN DOT WILL BE IMPROVING THAT ROAD BEFORE A TURNBACK TO THE COUNTY WHICH IS BEING DISCUSSED. IF THE COUNTY IS IN SUPPORT OF THE CHANGE, MN DOT WOULD PROCEED WITH INSTALLATION OF THE NECESSARY SIGNING AND PAVEMENT MESSAGES, PROVIDED THE COUNTY WOULD ASSUME FUTURE MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ADVANCE WARNING SIGNS AND PAVEMENT MARKINGS THAT WOULD BE INSTALLED ON THE COUNTY ROAD 26 INTERSECTION APPROACHES.

MARTIN COUNTY BOARD CHAIR DAN SCHMIDTKE MADE A MOTION TO PROCEED WITH STOP SIGNS WIT L E D LIGHTS TO FURTHER WARN DRIVERS OF THE 4 WAY STOP. THAT MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF A SECOND AS COMMISSIONERS DECIDED THEY NEED MORE TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE PROPOSAL AND HOPE TO TAKE ACTION AT THEIR NEXT MEETING.


ROD HALVORSEN
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