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Roundabout Being Built at Deadly Olmsted County Intersection

April 25, 2018 11:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Work starts next month on making a dangerous intersection in Olmsted County safer.

MnDOT will be building a roundabout at Highway 42 and County Road 9 north of Eyota.  The intersection was the site of a deadly crash three years ago between an SUV and dump truck.  31-year-old Andrew Johnson, of Kellogg, was killed.

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The roundabout will be similar to the one built nearby on Highway 14 a few years ago.  Transportation officials say roundabouts are proven to reduce the number of crashes, and slow down traffic enough that when crashes do occur they are usually minor.

"This was identified as a very high problem area so we've gotten together with Olmsted County and the state of Minnesota to try and make things safer for everyone," project manager Paul Schauer said.

Traffic in the area will be detoured during construction. Work is expected to be done in Mid-July.

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