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Open house planned to discuss improvements at CR 66/Hwy. 52 intersection

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is getting ready to make improvements at the intersection of County Road 66 and Highway 52, and Farmington-area residents can have some input on what those changes will look like.

MnDOT plans to do work in the summer of 2013 to improve safety at the intersection, which has been the site of 27 crashes since 2006. The current plan is to turn the crossing into what is known as a three-quarter intersection. Cars will be able to make right turns from Highway 52 onto County Road 66 or from 66 onto 52, but it will not be possible to cross the highway directly at the intersection. There would be a spot down the road from the intersection where drivers could make a U-turn to get where they want to go.

"It eliminates the most dangerous movements, straight across or making a left-hand turn across two lanes of traffic," said MnDOT's JP Gillach.

The benefit of the new design is that it reduces the possibility of right-angle or t-bone accidents that are the most likely to cause serious injury, Gillach said.

MnDOT will take comment from residents at an open house scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at Vermillion City Hall. Anyone who attends can view the project's layout and design, take home informational materials and ask questions of MnDOT staff.

Vermillion City Hall is located at 105 Main St.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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