Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 29, 2016

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Rural intersection conflict warning system to be placed at Hwys 57-60 in Wanamingo

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A new rural intersection conflict warning system is scheduled to begin installation Monday, May 2 at Highways 57 and 60 at Wanamingo, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The system will be the 12th installed in southeastern Minnesota.

Work is done in two stages, so the warning system will be operation in mid-May.

RICWS uses a combination of signs, detection, and flashing lights to provide drivers with a dynamic warning of other vehicles approaching the intersection (both to the stop sign road and the through traffic road). The signs include sensors and flashing lights.

“The goal of the RICWS is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes at rural intersections,” said Nancy Klema, MnDOT traffic operations engineer in Rochester. “The systems should grab the driver’s attention and notify them of approaching traffic. It’s another tool we have to aid in safer driving.”

The RICWS that are installed in southeastern Minnesota are;

  • Highway 56 at Goodhue County Road 9
  • Highway 19 at Goodhue County Road 7
  • Highway 63 at Olmsted County Road 21/County Road 121
  • Highway 42 and Olmsted County Road 9
  • Highway 52 and Olmsted County Road 19 (west junction)
  • Highway 60 at Rice County Road 13 T28
  • Highway 3 at Rice County Road 20
  • Highway 60 at Rice County Road 16
  • Highway 60 at Rice County Road 44/County Road 72
  • Highway 43 at Winona County Road 21
  • Highway 14 at Winona County Road 25

Overall, MnDOT has 53 RICWS statewide. With Wanamingo and one other site in Minnesota, there will be 55 RICWS installed.

To learn more about RICWS and see a list of all the systems in use in Minnesota, go to MnDOT’s website at: www.mndot.gov/trafficeng/signals/conflictwarning.html

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.