MnDOT Receives $1.45 Million Grant to Make Intersections Safer

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MnDOT Receives $1.45 Million Grant to Make Intersections Safer

September 6, 2013 Updated Sep 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Department of Transportation has received a federal grant to install conflict warning systems at 15 rural intersections, including 5 in the Northland.

MnDOT will receive $1.45 million in federal grant money to install these warning systems. The funding comes from the Transportation Investment Generating Recovery, or TIGER, program, which is part of a federal economic stimulus package administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The warning systems will inform motorists of intersection conflicts ahead to help them to better judge gaps in traffic. Transportation officials say this project is the result of an extensive planning effort and is part of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths safety program.

“Intersection conflict warning systems have the potential to significantly reduce collisions and improve safety at rural intersections,” said Sue Mulvihill, MnDOT deputy commissioner and chief engineer. “Based on the average daily traffic at these intersections, drivers and passengers in more than 80,000 vehicles will experience the added safety and security offered by these systems on a daily basis."

The project includes 5 intersections in the Northland where these warning systems will be installed, including:
- Highway 210 and County Road 12 in Aitkin County
- Highway 6 and Highway 286/County Road 4 in Itasca County
- Highway 1 and County Road 77 in St. Louis County
- Highway 2 and County Road 98 in St. Louis County
- Highway 169 and County Road 21 in St. Louis County

In addition to MnDOT’s award, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority will receive $10 million in TIGER funds to rebuild and expand a general cargo dock and also will fund improvements to existing road and train connections.

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