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May 2, 2022

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Hwy 212 Glencoe project begins May 9

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Minnesota Department of Transportation project to construct two reduced conflict intersections on U.S. Highway 212 in Glencoe begins Monday, May 9.

Reduced conflict intersection (partial J-turn) at Highway 22/Chandler Avenue
MnDOT received safety funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program to build a reduced conflict intersection at Highway 212 and Highway 22/Chandler Avenue. Commonly referred to as a J-turn, this safety improvement was recommended following the Glencoe Transportation Study. The J-turn being constructed at Highway 22 is a partial J-turn, which means it has one U-turn instead of two.
The contractor plans to begin work at the Hwy 22/Chandler Avenue intersection May 9.

Reduced conflict intersection (J-turn) at McLeod County Road 1
A J-turn will be constructed at the intersection of Highway 212 and County Road 1, along with a permanent snow fence to reduce drifting and blowing snow. The project also includes improvements for pedestrians with the installation of medians and sidewalk.  This J-turn is designed to have wider lanes (21 feet edge to edge) than a traditional J-turn to accommodate vehicles of all sizes, including large trucks, emergency vehicles and agricultural equipment.
The contractor plans to begin work at the County Road 1 intersection in early June.

Traffic impacts
The Chandler Avenue and County Road 1 entrances to Highway 212 will be closed during construction and require detours. Chandler Avenue traffic will be detoured to 10th Street and Morningside Drive. McLeod County has a resurfacing project that coincides with the MnDOT project; therefore, County Road 1 traffic will be routed to Morningside Drive and follow the posted McLeod County detour.

Project benefits and cost
Benefits of the project include enhanced safety for vehicles and pedestrians, and reduced blowing and drifting snow on the roadway. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where J-turns are used. To learn how a J-turn works and review the safety benefits of a J-turn, visit MnDOT’s Reduced Conflict Intersections web pages.
R & R Excavating, Inc., is the contractor for the project, which will cost $2.4 million. Construction is scheduled to be completed by July 31. Start and end dates could change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Work zone reminders

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone
  • Never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones
  • Stay alert; watch for workers and slow-moving equipment
  • Obey posted speed limits; fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel
  • Be patient and expect delays, especially during peak travel times