Arlington Stop Light Removal 09 Jul 13

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will be replacing the traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 5 and Main Street in Arlington today (TUE). The light will be replaced with a two-way stop sign that will reportedly improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection. All signs currently at the intersection will remain, and motorists on Main Street will need to continue to heed stop signs before entering the intersection. Highway 5 motorists will not need to stop at the intersection, except when pedestrians are crossing. The decision was based on an evaluation that began in April during which Mn/DOT, the Arlington Police Department and Sibley County staff closely monitored traffic operations at the intersection after an earlier study determined that current and forecasted traffic was not high enough to warrant the traffic light, which has been in-place for at least 30 years. The removal of the signal will also result in cost savings to both the city of Arlington and the state.