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MnDOT to Begin Filling Hwy. 61 Rumble Strips

Updated: 07/22/2014 9:17 PM
Created: 07/22/2014 9:15 PM WDIO.com

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says it will begin to fill controversial rumble strips on Highway 61 in Lake and Cook Counties next week.

The rumble strips, consisting of a series of indentations in the asphalt, are intended to prevent accidents by alerting drivers who are unexpectedly crossing the center line.  However, many North Shore residents have complained that they create disruptive noise around the clock.

In a news release, MnDOT said the rumble strips "created higher than expected noise levels in populated areas along the North Shore."  The department said it is reviewing its policy on centerline rumble strips.

Work to fill the rumble strip indentations is expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday and continue for about a month.  The project will result in temporary single lane closures.

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