Help is on the way for a busy intersection that has only seen increased traffic due to the current detour situation on I-35.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will install an all-way-stop situation at the intersection of 40th Avenue West and Michigan Street at some point during the week of January 18.

The new intersection alignment will help to ease the safety concerns that have only gotten worse with the 27th Avenue West detour.  Presently, the current traffic control system has all directions of traffic stopping at that intersection except for traffic heading south on 40th Avenue West - heading across the I-35 overpass. With the increase in vehicles now going through this intersection as the posted detour for 27th Avenue West, there have been congestion and safety problems arising.

This new all-way-stop setup also adds a safety benefit longer term.  There has been a history of high-volumes of crashes at this particular site which indicates that there has been driver confusion involved with this intersection. The new set-up should decrease driver confusion and reduce delay for drivers who are traveling on West Michigan Street and the southbound I-35 ramp.

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Due to the increased safety benefits, the Minnesota Department of Transportation sees this change as a permanent one.  This all-way-stop traffic control at the intersection of 40th Avenue West and Michigan Street will remain in place after the 27th Avenue West detour is over.

For more details about this MNDOT project or any of the road work throughout the greater State of Minnesota, visit their official website.  Click here for details.

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