The Hwy 23 road safety audit and findings is part of a multi-agency effort to improve safety along 16 miles of road from Foley to Milaca in Benton and Mille Lacs counties.
Four primary concerns
- High speeds
- Safe pedestrian and bicycle connectivity and crossings
in urban areas
- High speed rear-end crashes in rural areas
- Head-on collisions
- Develop three-lane roadway sections in urban areas
- Plan for the future cross-section and layouts of the corridor and be ready before any future MnDOT reconstruction occurs
- Improve pedestrian and bicycle crossing amenities in urban areas
- Convert selected Hwy 23 intersection approach lanes in rural areas from through/right-turn lane into through/left-turn lane approaches. Right-turn lanes can be added in the long term
- Develop raised medians and left turn lanes in urban areas
- Develop median buffer lanes and centerline rumble strips in rural areas
Some of these safety strategies will be apart of the 2022 MnDOT road project.