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Open house set Thursday on reduced conflict intersection north of Willmar

WILLMAR -- The first open house for a proposed reduced conflict intersection at U.S. Highway 71 and Kandiyohi County Road 90 just north of Willmar will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Grace ...

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WILLMAR - The first open house for a proposed reduced conflict intersection at U.S. Highway 71 and Kandiyohi County Road 90 just north of Willmar will be hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, 4307 18th St. N.E.

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the reduced conflict Intersection, similar to a J-turn, ask questions and give feedback. Construction is planned in 2021.

From 2010 to 2014 there were 16 crashes at this intersection. Due to the number of severe crashes, MnDOT received funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program for safety enhancements.

Reduced conflict intersections are designed to decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. The design of a reduced conflict intersection allows drivers from the side street to focus only on one direction of traffic at a time, without waiting for a gap in both directions to cross a major road.

For more information on the project visit the MnDOT webpage at www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/projects/us71cr90/index.html .

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