Citing a record of T-bone crashes at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 33 and Industrial Road, St. Louis County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are working on plans to reconfigure the intersection into a Reduced Conflict Intersection, or J-turn.
The intersection in Industrial Township has been the site of five traffic crashes in the last decade, including two resulting in injuries, a county news release said Thursday.
The project is expected to take place in 2022, but with design just beginning, the public is invited to learn more about it through a virtual meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29.
Information on how to join the meeting, along with additional details about the project, can be found online at stlouiscountymn.gov/industrialroad.
Four of the five crashes at this intersection were right angle, or T-bone, crashes.
Right-angle crashes have the greatest likelihood of resulting in a serious injury or fatality, the county said.
A Reduced Conflict Intersection removes the opportunity for right‐angle crashes. The design prevents vehicles on the side street from making movements directly through the intersection or left turns.
Instead, a driver on the side street intending to make a through or left‐turn movement must make a right turn, proceed to a median U‐turn, and return to the main intersection to complete their movement, the county explained.
The virtual meeting will include details on the project's proposed design, construction impacts and schedule. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting but would like more information can contact Victor Lund, St. Louis County traffic engineer, at 218-625-3873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.