MnDOT Making Safety Improvement Near Eyota

Created: 03/12/2014 6:21 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- After two serious crashes, one of them fatal, MnDOT has decided to do something about the intersection of County Road 9 and 42 just north of Eyota.


MnDOT crews were out there Wednesday adding flags on the stop signs and solar powered reflectors to get drivers attention, However, this is just a temporary solution. Once the ground thaws out, they plan to extended power out to this intersection to install flashing lights. They'll alert drivers to stop if they're coming from Co. Rd. 9, and to be aware of crossing traffic if they traveling on 42. This effort comes just a couple weeks after those two crashes, one where a Plainview woman was killed.


However, before those incidents, this intersection hasn’t been a huge problem. "I think that brought about the discussion. Up until that time, five years there had not been a fatal crash there or a serious injury accident, so just within that time stretch. It’s hard to say if that was a pattern or anything like that," said Mike Dougherty with MnDOT.


Both of the recent accidents happened during daylight so rather than just adding lighting tricks, they’re changing the color of surrounding signs from white and black, to black and yellow.