Arlington Stop Light Removal 05 Mar 13

Motorists travelling on Highway 5 in Arlington no longer need to stop at the intersection with Main Street as of this week, but traffic on Main Street will need to heed a stop sign before entering the intersection. The evaluation and potential removal of the Arlington stop light is to improve traffic flow and safety. Current and forecasted traffic is not high enough to warrant the signal at Highway 5 and Main Street that has been in place for at least 30 years. Officials say replacing the signal with a two-way stop is expected to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes. Mn/DOT is currently working with the City of Arlington on the placement of pedestrian-activated flashing warning signs to facilitate the crossing of Highway 5 as well, and officials will be evaluating the traffic operations of the revised intersection over a 90 day period. If there are no adverse traffic impacts then the signal will be removed as part of the Highway 5 resurfacing project this summer.