Arlington Stoplight Now Deactivated 05 Apr 13

Motorists travelling on Highway 5 in the City of Arlington will now no longer need to stop at the intersection with Main Street. The deactivation of the traffic light at the intersection was originally scheduled to take place in March, but was delayed so that Mn/DOT could repaint the pedestrian crosswalk markings on Highway 5. Motorists travelling on Main Street in Arlington will now need to heed a stop sign before entering the intersection. The evaluation and potential permanent removal of the stoplight is to improve traffic flow and safety. Mn/Dot says that there is not enough traffic to warrant the signal, which has been in place for at least 30 years, and that installing a two-way stop will reduce the frequency and severity of crashes. Pedestrian-activated flashing warning signs are expected to be installed at the Arlington intersection as well.