Alternate I-94 sign installations underway
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing Alternate Interstate 94 signs along designated routes in west central Minnesota.
The signs are intended to help interstate traffic bypass incidents such as crashes and spills. By implementing a system of coordinated and pre-designated alternate routes, the time needed to clear the roadway can be reduced, and secondary crashes can be minimized. In addition, using predetermined routes will help lessen the demand on local law enforcement in an emergency situation.
“There are a limited number of law enforcement officers available at one time in west central Minnesota. These predetermined routes and signs will help us focus our resources where they are needed the most during major incidents,” said Capt. Brian Cheney, Minnesota State Patrol.
The routes will be used only when I-94 will be fully blocked for an extended period of time due to an emergency. They will not be used during extended winter interstate closures.
All of the designated routes are near I-94.
MnDOT consulted with city and county engineers, Minnesota State Patrol, the North Dakota Department of Transportation, North Dakota Highway Patrol, county law enforcement and local EMS in determining the routes.
“By putting in the work ahead of an emergency, all agencies can make quicker, more consistent decisions to keep traffic moving safely,” said Kohl Skalin, MnDOT project manager.
This is the first of its kind signing effort in the state of Minnesota, but other states have implemented similar alternate route systems.
For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.