4/17/2014 1:44:00 PM County commissioners oppose Bingham Lake J-turns
The proposed J-turn lanes at Bingham Lake have received a great deal of discussion around the county lately and last week's county commissioners meeting was no exception.
After a lengthy discussion, recently, Cottonwood County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing MnDOT's J-turn plan at Bingham Lake. The J-turn is relatively new to Minnesota. It is used in places where two-lane roads intersect with four-lane divided highways. The goal is to mitigate right-angle crashes.
Instead of going straight across the highway, vehicles take right-hand turns onto the highway and then take a special diagonal lane across the median (toward oncoming traffic). After crossing the median, they make a U-turn and follow the four-lane to the far side of the intersection.
County Engineer JinYeene Neumann said she has discussed the matter with MnDOT engineers and was told that no decision has been made.
"I told him (the MnDOT engineer) that I had been receiving a lot of comments," Neumann said. "He said they are weighing the safety concern. It is a very unique situation because of the implement dealer right there and the heavy truck traffic."
For more on this story, see the April 23 Cottonwood County Citizen and Citizen eEdition.