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4/18/2013 10:15:00 AM
Wrong solution

To the editor:

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the MnDOT meeting at Urland Church on April 11.

There are many different ideas on how the intersection at Highway 52 and County 9 can be improved, but it's obvious to those of us who live in the area and travel the corridor frequently that the proposed RCI (Reduced Conflict Intersection) is not an acceptable alternative. While this intersection type may have proven to be successful in reducing right angle crashes in other areas of the country, and in some variations in our state, it just doesn't make sense for Highway 52 and County 9 due to the high volume of farm equipment traffic and the existing sight lines.

Last summer plans for an overpass/interchange were presented to us as the best option for improving the safety at 52/9, but due to funding construction would have to wait for several years. An overpass is supposedly still part of MnDOT's future plan, but they intend to band-aid the current safety issues with an RCI for the "interim."

Fortunately our county officials have stepped in and are trying to secure funding for an overpass through a grant program. They realize, as we do, that the proposed "interim" solution may ultimately be the final solution, a solution that shifts the danger of the 52/9 intersection onto local residents and business owners. If safety is truly MnDOT's primary focus regarding this dangerous intersection, they will not start construction of an RCI in September.

We encourage anyone who is concerned about improvements to the 52/9 intersection to reach out to MnDOT and our county or state officials. If we don't demand common sense, these parties are not going to give it to us.

Heather Lukes - MnDOT Project Manager - heather.lukes@state.mn.us or 507-286-7694

Greg Isakson - Goodhue County Project Manager - greg.isakson@co.goodhue.mn.us or 651-385-3025

Goodhue County Commissioners - 651-385-3001

Senator Matt Schmit - sen.matt.schmit@senate.mn or 651-296-4264

Representative Tim Kelly - rep.tim.kelly@house.mn or 651-296-8635


Bjorn and Anna Olson

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