Rural Minnesota Intersections Get Collision Warning Tech

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is installing 54 intelligent transportation systems at high-risk intersections that will help reduce crashes and improve safety.

by Grand Forks Herald / September 14, 2015

(TNS) -- High-risk intersections in rural Minnesota are getting technology that will help reduce crashes and improve safety, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.The department is installing warning systems at 54 high-risk locations around the state. The sites were picked based on factors such as limited visibility, the presence of a railroad or commercial development, traffic volume, previous crash history and distance on the road from the last stop sign.

The installation locations in northwest Minnesota include Minn. Highway 75 and Polk County Road 21 and Minn. Highway 200 and Mahnomen County Road 4.

The systems are used to alert drivers when vehicles are approaching the intersection. The system uses a combination of traditional signing, flashing lights that turn on when traffic is approaching an intersection and sensors that trigger lights to flash.

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