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June 29, 2022

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Highway 14 Restricted Crossing U-Turn safety project at Eagle Lake nears completion

MANKATO, Minn. – Construction of a Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT, also referred to as a J-turn) on Highway 14 at the intersection of Blue Earth County Road 56 near Eagle Lake and other safety improvements are nearing completion, and lane restrictions are expected to be removed by Friday, July 1.

Construction of the RCUT began on May 16. Blue Earth County Road 17 and Blue Earth County Road 55 also received minor improvements during the safety improvement project.

The intersection of Hwy 14 and Blue Earth County Road 56 was experiencing a high frequency of crashes, including fatal and serious injury crashes. MnDOT worked closely with Blue Earth County and the City of Eagle Lake to improve safety at this intersection.

Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where RCUTs are used. More information on driving RCUTs and can be found at https://www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/rci/

Dirt Merchant, Inc. was awarded the project with a bid of $1,186,013.88.