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Permanent Solution Coming to Problem Intersection in Nashwauk

A permanent solution is coming to the Nashwauk intersection where two teens were killed last summer. A permanent solution is coming to the Nashwauk intersection where two teens were killed last summer. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Ryan Juntti
Updated: January 28, 2020 08:56 PM

A permanent solution is coming to the Nashwauk intersection where two teens were killed last summer.

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MnDOT says the plan is to add a left turn lane on Highway 169 for traffic heading into Nashwauk. The goal is to eliminate the skewed view at the Highway 169/Highway 65 intersection.

With input from the public, MnDOT previously identified four proposals as a temporary solution to the problem intersection. They say the permanent design was not one of those proposals.

The original plan was for a reduced conflict intersection to be constructed as the permanent solution, but MnDOT says the City of Nashwauk was "very opposed" to it.

The now permanent solution was first drawn up a couple of years ago, but was determined at the time not to be a viable solution because MnDOT said they could find safer alternatives.  

MnDOT says the $436,000 project should be completed by July or August of this year.

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Ryan Juntti

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