Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Sept. 7, 2017

MnDOT District 1 launches pedestrian flashing warning lights safety campaign

DULUTH, Minn. — As part of MnDOT’s recently completed Highway 23 reconstruction project in West Duluth, five new pedestrian flashing warning lights systems were installed. The systems feature the latest technology and if properly used, help provide a safer place for pedestrians to cross highways.

The city of Duluth funded these new systems with a $3 million Corridor Investment Management Strategy grant.

MnDOT’s new campaign is designed to help motorists and pedestrians know what they need to do to ensure the systems work as designed and reduce the chance of vehicle/pedestrian collisions.

The Duluth Transit Authority is partnering with MnDOT on this safety campaign in an effort to keep their riders safer.

Media event details

Who: MnDOT District 1 Engineer, Duane Hill, Duluth Transit Authority General Manager, Dennis E. Jensen, Lt. Ken Zwak, Duluth Police Department, MnDOT traffic engineers.

When: Tuesday, September, 12, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

What: An opportunity to observe how the new flashing warning lights system works. Please note: Shortly after 10 a.m. a DTA bus featuring the safety campaign graphics will arrive at media event site. A rider will exit the bus and demonstrate how the system works. This should be a great photo opportunity. Brief statements will follow and then media may do individual interviews.

Where: At the DTA Bus Stop on the eastbound side of Highway 23 and Grand Avenue Place in the Riverside Community.

Parking is available on local frontage roads.

Graphics are attached for public and media use after the event. The graphics are embargoed until then. Thank you for your cooperation.