Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 17, 2018

Expect change to warning system at Highway 60 and County Road 1 beginning Sept. 20

MnDOT makes adjustments at Mountain Lake intersection

MANKATO, Minn. – Motorists are advised that a slight modification to the Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System (RICWS) at Highway 60 and Cottonwood County Road 1 will be made effective Thursday, September 20.  The modification consists of programming the system to light the electronic “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs facing County Road 1 only when traffic is present on Highway 60.

MnDOT has been working with the community of Mountain Lake on future revisions to improve the safety at the Highway 60 intersections and the community asked for the warning system revision to be made while a longer-term fix is being considered.  MnDOT had installed the warning system with the Federal Highway Administration and needed clearance from them prior to any changes in operation.

The warning system was deployed in November 2015 as an attempt to reduce the likelihood of crashes at the intersection and was funded by the federal government.  The system has beacons above the continuously illuminated “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs, with “WHEN FLASHING” signs mounted below.  As Highway 60 traffic approaches the intersection, the beacons begin to flash.  However, some motorists on CSAH 1 have found the continuously illuminated “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs confusing; believing Highway 60 traffic to be present even though the beacons were not flashing.  When revisions are complete, the flashing beacons and the “TRAFFIC APPROACHING” signs will only be illuminated when Highway 60 traffic is approaching the intersection.

There are a number of RICWS systems in place on Minnesota highways, however only two have been deployed in southcentral Minnesota – the one at Mountain Lake and the other on Highway 15 near Klossner.  More information on the Rural Intersection Warning Systems can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/signals/conflictwarning.html.

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