Road Safety Project This Week 09 May 16

Motorists in Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau Counties will see a road safety project take shape this week…

That is according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, with crews installing center-line rumble strips on Highways #11, #32 and #59 in Northwestern Minnesota.

Surface Preparation Technologies is the contractor on the $151,000 project, which is scheduled to begin today, with installation complete within 2 weeks on Highway 11 from Roseau to Warroad, Highway 32 from Thief River Falls to St. Hilaire and Highway 59 from Thief River Falls to Erskine.

MnDOT officials say the rumble strips are a low-cost, effective way to reduce head-on collisions and ensure a safer roadway. Safety officials say the vibration and rumble as tires cross over the center line is designed to immediately call the attention of the driver back to the road. That includes cases of distracted driving, inexperienced drivers and drivers who experience fatigue or drowsiness behind the wheel.

Motorists are advised to use caution and be on the watch for highway equipment and crews in the work zone.