Minnesota transportation officials have said it's not yet time to build a traffic signal at the entrance to Stewartville's Schumann Business Park. Bill Schimmel Jr., city administrator, told the Economic Development Authority last week that the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has not given the city the go-ahead to build the stoplight. "MnDOT got back to us," Schimmel said. "They said, 'Not at this time.' Accidents are a big thing they look at, and we don't have enough accidents there." MnDOT recommends that city officials review the possibility of building a roundabout at the intersection, Schimmel said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 30 Stewartville STAR.
Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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People using the road make mistakes (like running stop signs and red lights), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury. Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world - the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes - (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system - intersections. The reduction in speed and sideswipe geometry mean that, more often than not, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you usually need a tow truck, not an ambulance. Roundabouts are one of nine proven road safety features (FHWA). The life saved may be your own.