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Safety on 23

Minnesota Highway 23 offers a much smoother ride these days, but vehicle and pedestrian safety — all the way from Lynd to Cottonwood — continues to be a concern. Future upgrades would not only ease some of those worries but would enhance the highway’s

March 29, 2013

MARSHALL Minnesota Highway 23 doesn’t look the same as it did 20 years ago, but local transportation advocates say it’s the changes potentially yet to come that will make it a safer, more......

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Mar-29-13 10:44 AM

I personally see Marshall needing 4, if not 5 interchanges. County Road 7, 4th st, Highway 59, Highway 19, and maybe corn plant road. With the amount of traffic at all of them, they need it. Saratoga could benefit from an over pass with a frontage road to 4th st.

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Mar-30-13 10:27 PM

I agree with jasonsstorm. While it's great to see the growth in Marshall, more traffic is seen in and out of the residential roads. Since we can't fix bad, inattentive drivers, we need to make Highway 23 safer. I would also like to see a 4-lane highway extend to the South Dakota border. We have commuters, semis, school buses, and farm machinery using just 2 lanes -- winding and hilly in most sections. It is also prime crossing for deer and other wildlife. Mix all of these factors with winter, and traveling on 23 is all the more dangerous.

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Mar-31-13 8:32 AM

A good place to start with Highway 23 safety is to slow the traffic down. I'm thinking the speed limit should be no more than 40 mph between County Road 33 (corn plant road) and County Road 7 on the southwest side of Marshall. The traffic just moves too fast through this busy corridor of Marshall.

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Apr-01-13 6:57 PM

Change the city streets to 25 mph. Get the main flow out of residential areas. Use stop signs for all those caffeinated drivers who started out on their journeys 10 minutes late. Put living quality and pedestrians first. Marshall seems like the Indy 499 1/2 sometimes.

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Apr-02-13 10:16 AM

Hwy 23 was a bypass - assuming a very expensive & significant project for the area. I support keeping that a bypass.

Shouldn't the builders or folks that choose to live on the otherside of the bypass take some responsibility for that? Growth is good and I'm all for it - but if you choose to ignore infrastructure plans and enourmous investments (such as 23 being a bypass), who's fault is that?

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Apr-02-13 2:50 PM

One big problem with 23 is the stretch of road between Walmart and K-Mart. People just pull out in front of traffic, then suddenly change lanes and it happens going both directions. I also am supprised the electronic billboard by Perkins has not caused any accidents. It is very hard not to look at that thing while going 55MPH thru the intersection.

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