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Major Intersection Gets Safety Upgrade

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One major road improvement project wrapping up in Minot should make it easier to navigate through traffic on the west side of town.

The 2 and 52 and 83 bypass intersection project is in its final stages with the addition of a new signal system.

The southbound lanes will now feature three lanes: one for making right turns, one for driving straight ahead or turning left, and an additional left turn lane.

A North Dakota Department of Transportation official says the changes have been put in place to accommodate a common pattern in traffic.

(Don Mohagen, NDDOT Engineering Team Leader)"A lot of the traffic on the West Bypass, the southbound traffic, makes left turns and so that's kind of the limiting factor in the timing of the intersection, so it will allow two lanes to turn left at the same time will increase the traffic flow."

Turning in the east and westbound lanes will also be easier.

Mohagen says there is now enough room for vehicles on the east and west sides of the intersection to turn at the same time.

(Don Mohagen, NDDOT Engineering Team Leader)"The east and westbound lanes have been widened out so that they can operate simultaneously. There won't be a conflict with he eastbound and westbound turn lane and give them better visibility of the oncoming traffic."

The new system will feature video detection technology that will adjust to the traffic flow.

Mohagen says the new signals should be operational next week.

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