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Aug. 12, 2022

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Hwy 212 and CR 1 intersection in Glencoe opens Monday; Hwy 212 project complete

WILLMAR, Minn. – The newly constructed reduced conflict intersection at U.S. Highway 212 and McLeod County Road 1 in Glencoe opens Monday, August 15.
Also known as a J-turn, the new intersection at Highway 212 and County Road 1 was designed to have wider lanes than a traditional J-turn to accommodate vehicles of all sizes, including large trucks, emergency vehicles and agricultural equipment.

A permanent snow fence was installed at the intersection to reduce drifting and blowing snow. Also included were improvements for pedestrians with the installation of medians and sidewalk.

How to use the newly constructed intersection

  • To turn onto County Road 1 from Highway 212 there is no procedural change from either direction – simply enter the dedicated turn lane.
  • To turn right onto Highway 212 from County Road 1, there is no procedural change – simply make a right turn.
  • To turn left onto Highway 212 from County Road 1, make a slight right turn onto Highway 212, enter, and complete the newly dedicated U-turn.
  • To cross Highway 212 from County Road 1, make a slight right turn onto Highway 212, enter, and complete the newly dedicated U-turn, and then turn right onto County Road 1.
  • To watch a video on how a J-turn works and review the safety benefits, visit MnDOT’s Reduced Conflict Intersections web pages.

Hwy 212 J-turn project in Glencoe complete
Opening the McLeod County Road 1 intersection completes the MnDOT project to construct two reduced conflict intersections on U.S. Highway 212 in Glencoe. A partial J-turn was constructed at Highway 22/Chandler Avenue which opened to traffic July 20.

Project benefits and cost
Benefits of the project include enhanced safety for vehicles and pedestrians and reduced blowing and drifting snow on the roadway. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where J-turns are used. To learn how a J-turn works and review the safety benefits of a J-turn, visit MnDOT’s Reduced Conflict Intersections web pages.
R & R Excavating, Inc., was the contractor for the project, which will cost $2.4 million.

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