Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Lawmakers propose $15M in safety improvements on deadly stretch of Hwy. 12

Author:

Lawmakers have introduced a bill to fund safety improvements on a troublesome stretch of Highway 12 in Hennepin County.

[googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m24!1m12!1m3!1d45932.68692142411!2d-93.77087723342842!3d45.0280761112744!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!4m9!3e0!4m3!3m2!1d44.976479!2d-93.5272406!4m3!3m2!1d45.030465299999996!2d-93.727903!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1457621162444&w=200&h=200]

State Rep. Jerry Hertaus, R-Greenfield, introduced the bill (HF 2673/SF 2467) Tuesday that would put $15 million into repairs on the highway between Wayzata and Delano (see map at right).

The stretch of two-lane highway is one of the deadliest in the state, and has been the focus of safety efforts to prevent fatalities, including signs and rumble strips – but deaths still occur.

"What we have here is a rural sectioned highway, the last rural section of highway the metro region, that is actually getting metro volumes of traffic," Hertaus said, according to KSTP.

The proposed fixes to the highway include: Realignment at the intersections with Highway 92; realignment and safety improvements at the intersection with Highway 90; and safety median improvements from the interchange with Wayzata Boulevard in Wayzata to a half-mile east of Highway 6, the bill introduction says.

The money for the project would be appropriated from the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Trunk Highway Fund, the bill notes.

The House bill was referred to the Transportation Policy and Finance committee. The Senate bill was introduced Thursday and referred to the Finance committee, according to the Legislature's website.

KSTP says members of the Highway 12 Safety Coalition plan to meet with lawmakers on Thursday to go over a presentation before the bill moves forward.

Next Up

West St Paul, Minnesota - August 2018

Female shot in parking lot of Twin Cities Menards store

The incident happened at the same Menards where a robbery happened in September.

Image from iOS

1 injured, 1 in custody following shooting, police chase in Hopkins

The suspect was arrested following a police pursuit Sunday afternoon.

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins surprises Viking fan van on Minnesota highway

Cousins's new aggressiveness has pulled into the fast lane.

Joel Eriksson Ek

Another Wild rally falls short against Lightning

The Wild scored two goals with the extra attacker but couldn't beat the two-time defending champs.

police tape, crime scene

2 shootings in Brooklyn Park under investigation

Both incidents remain under investigation.

Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson erupts to lead Vikings over Packers

Greg Joseph's game-winner helped the Vikings get back to .500.

Duluth fire department, fire engine, fire truck

Officials investigating Duluth apartment fire that displaced 10 people

The fire broke out Friday night on the 600 block of East 4th Street.

Car break-in, smashed window, car theft

Orono police alert residents after series of 'smash and grab' robberies

The thieves are targeting cars and stealing valuables left inside.

Adam Thielen

Vikings vs. Packers: 5 things you can count on

Can the Vikings win a pivotal divisional battle?

FEtiw7MXEAAr_Ig

Man killed in shooting outside apartment building in St. Paul

Shots fired were reported to police around 11:30 p.m.

Anthony Edwards

Ant sets the tone, Timberwolves dominate Grizzlies

The Wolves have won four of their past six games.

Related

Deadly stretch of Hwy. 12 to close for repairs

Part of deadly Highway 12 will close for a few weeks so a median barrier can be installed.

DWI stop

Police: Impaired driver going 104 mph on deadly stretch of Hwy. 12

The driver was arrested before causing any crashes.