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Highway 14 safety project complete

November 7, 2012
The Journal

MANKATO, Minn. Motorists can expect safety features that alert distracted drivers on Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato as the newly resurfaced and restriped highway is dotted with over 600 yellow delineators. The centerline delineators will prohibit passing on the six-mile corridor, according to information from the State Patrol.

The project included an 8-foot median with tube delineators every 50 feet that make motorists more aware of the center of the roadway. Rumble strips are also part of the safety measures and are placed on both the outside shoulder and the inside median to further alert drivers.

Full access will remain at all existing field entrances and crossroads.

The specific goal of the interim safety project is to reduce head-on crashes, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. A Road Safety Audit determined that head-on crashes on Highway 14 from Nicollet to North Mankato are three times the state average for a similar roadway.

Extra enforcement by State Patrol is also part of the safety strategy as motorists have been speeding and not buckled-up on this corridor.

The next step is to expand Highway 14 to four lanes from Nicollet to North Mankato in 2017-18, as announced by Governor Mark Dayton in June.



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