Motorists on Highway 5 in Arlington will no longer need to stop at the intersection with Main Street after today (April 4, 2013).
However, MnDot officials say cross traffic, or motorists on Main Street will need to heed a stop sign before entering the intersection when it is clear.
Originally scheduled for March, the deactivation of the traffic signal was delayed so that MnDOT forces could repaint the pedestrian crosswalk markings on Highway 5.
The evaluation and potential removal of the signal is to improve traffic flow and safety. According to MnDot records, current and forecasted traffic is not high enough to warrant the signal at Highway 5 and Main Street that has been in-place for at least 30 years.
Replacing the signal with a two-way stop is expected to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes, based on crash records from other urban through-stop controlled intersections on the state highway system, with similar volumes of traffic.
As part of the proposed removal of the signal, MnDOT is currently working with the City of Arlington on the placement of pedestrian-activated flashing warning signs to facilitate the crossing of Highway 5.