BY GABE LICHT
HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN Members of the Highway 12 Safety Coalition learned Thursday that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has allocated about $2.3 million for a center-lane barrier to be built on the “super 2” bypass portion between Wayzata and Maple Plain in September.
Several serious and fatal crashes have occurred in the stretch, including four fatal crashes since August of 2015.
“It’s fantastic to get one of the many projects that are needed to protect lives along Highway 12,” Gary Kroells, West Hennepin Public Safety director and chair of the coalition told the Star Tribune. “It’s a step forward to fix the problem with head-on collisions.”
Funding for the project will come from the $2.3 million that the Federal Highway Administration withholds from MnDOT, due to Minnesota’s DWI laws, the Star Tribune reported.
The project was included in the bonding bill that did not pass in the recent legislative session, along with the re-alignment of the Hennepin County Road 92 intersection and improvements at the County Road 90 intersection.