The traffic signals located at the intersection of Highway 14 and Highway 71 in Sanborn (Sanborn Corners) will be deactivated Sept. 19, weather permitting.
In place of the signal, an “all-way stop” will be installed, which is set to be equipped with LED-enhanced stop signs and advance signage.
Due to the current and forecasted traffic volumes in this area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has determined the signal is no longer warranted and is a strong candidate for removal.
The signal is also approaching the end of its service life and has been requiring increased maintenance to keep it operational.
MnDOT will monitor traffic operations at the intersection following the deactivation and evaluate whether the signal can be permanently removed during a 2022 construction project on Highway 14 from Highway 71 to Springfield.
Statewide, all-way stop control intersections with similar traffic volumes have shown to have less frequent and less severe crashes than comparable signalized intersections.
Replacing the signal with all-way stop control will also maintain traffic operations and reduce maintenance expenses.
Motorists should use extra caution at the intersection once the signal is deactivated to allow for drivers to adjust to the new traffic control.