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Published May 28, 2012, 04:20 PM

MN-DOT selects sites to take part in Reduced Conflict Intersections

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- We have all been there. Driving on Highway 10 in Minnesota, as someone comes off a rural county road and shoots across traffic. Now, MN-DOT is selecting sites around the state for a project called: "Reduced Conflict Intersections."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- We have all been there. Driving on Highway 10 in Minnesota, as someone comes off a rural county road and shoots across traffic. Now, MN-DOT is selecting sites around the state for a project called: "Reduced Conflict Intersections."

MN DOT even has video to back up its argument for changes at crossings like this. A four lane highway like 10 with a median in the middle. The risk for crashes goes up, as vehicles shoot across two lanes and the median in order to head back another direction.

Jody Martinson/Detroit Lakes: "Traffic coming from both sides, at your very fast traffic on highway ten."

Let's say you are this pickup truck that wants to cross ten from 31 wanting to head west on 10 to Fargo-Moorhead. Under the old plan you would simply cross the median but not under the new.

Under the Reduced Conflict Intersections, the median crossing would be closed off.

Martinson: "You would need to take a right turn here go down make a u turn and come back. And get into the right turn lane and cross. More work for the driver but safer."

State Troopers who see their share of T-bone accidents on four lanes like highway ten, say changes like these can save lives.

Jesse Grabow/Minnesota State Patrol: "Where traffic crosses, most often the t-bone crash, through education, DOT, engineers whatever we can to so beneficial a lot of these crashed are preventable."

Right now, Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes is not slated to see changes, no reduced conflict intersections are planned in west central Minnesota right now.

Safety experts say crossings at highways like Ten, have about 43-potential crash points. With the "reduced conflict intersections", that is reduced by half.

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