The Minnesota Department of Transportation will replace the
traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 5 and Main Street in
Arlington tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9th) with a two-way stop sign that
will improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.
All signs currently at the intersection will remain, and
motorists on Main Street will need to continue to heed stop signs
before entering the intersection. Highway 5 motorists will not need to
stop at the intersection, except when pedestrians are crossing.
The decision was based on an evaluation that began in April
during which MnDOT, the Arlington Police Department and Sibley County
staff closely monitored traffic operations at the intersection. During
the evaluation, no crashes or close calls were observed, and motorist
compliance and acceptance of the revised traffic control has been
excellent, according to MnDOT.
An earlier MnDOT study determined that current and forecasted
traffic was 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 through-stop control (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. It is
believed that through-stop controlled intersections have fewer crashes
because motorists are required to be attentive and actively look for a
safe gap in traffic, rather than relying on a traffic signal
indication that does not tell the motorist if it is safe to enter the
In addition to expected crash reduction benefits, the removal of
the signal will result in cost savings to both the city of Arlington
and the state.