MnDOT doing away with stop light in Sleepy Eye 15 Mar 17

Minnesota Department of Transportation Traffic Engineer Scott Thompson attended the Sleepy Eye City Council meeting Tuesday evening to discuss MnDOT’s decision to take out a stop light at 1st Avenue in downtown Sleepy Eye. Thompson says a traffic study done by MnDOT indicated there is not enough traffic at the intersection to warrant a stoplight any longer. Instead, a rapid flashing beacon will be put in place to encourage motorists to be alert for pedestrians crossing the street. The stoplights will be deactivated this spring. If no issues are observed the change will remain permanent. MnDOT is planning to mil and overlay Highway 14 in Sleepy Eye in 2018 and will add left turn lanes to improve traffic flow and safety.