MnDOT receives funds to improve dangerous intersection near Willmar
WILLMAR — Nearly one million dollars in Highway Safety Improvement Program funds has been awarded to revamp a dangerous intersection north of Willmar.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 8 will receive $900,000 to construct a "reduced conflict intersection" where Kandiyohi County Road 90 crosses the four lanes of U.S Highway 71/state Highway 23.
The intersection, which is a popular crossover to the Willmar Senior High School, has been the site of serious accidents in the past.
The new design, which is sometimes referred to as a J-turn, will decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways, said Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, MnDOT public affairs coordinator.
With the new intersection — which will not be built until 2021 — drivers from the side street will "only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time," Lighthizer-Schmidt said.
The design will be similar to the intersection located by the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building, she said.
District 8 also received funding to construct two reduced conflict intersections in Marshall in 2018.