Beginning Monday, May 15, motorists traveling on State Hwy. 34 in Park Rapids will notice changes to traffic signals between Main Avenue and Henrietta Avenue, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

The changes are the result of a traffic signal optimization study done earlier this year. These changes are expected to help improve mobility and reduce motorist delay through Park Rapids.

“Motorists will need to pay closer attention at the signals, as the timing and sequencing may not be what they are used to,” explained Michelle Rognerud, district traffic engineer.

When making a left turn at certain intersections, drivers may find that the green left turn arrow appears at times and during low -raffic volumes will not appear and drivers will have to wait and yield to through traffic on the green ball. In addition, traffic on local side streets may notice slightly longer wait times.

According to MnDOT, when the adjustments are finalized, motorists on State Hwy. 34 will benefit from reduced delays, stops, fuel usage, emissions and wear and tear on their vehicles. Nationally, updating traffic signal timing has been shown to reduce traffic delay by 15 to 40 percent, reduce travel times by up to 25 percent, and has a benefit to cost ratio that can exceed 50 to 1.

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