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Highway 2 improvement project completed near Bemidji


Bemidji, Minn. – The U.S. Highway 2 improvement project between Bemidji and Wilton has been completed. It began on May 10 and features several roadway and safety improvements.

Reduced Conflict Intersection

MnDOT received safety funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program to build Reduced Conflict Intersections, also known as J-turns, along Highway 2 between Beltrami County Road 9 in Bemidji and County Road 14 in Wilton.

J-turns can reduce severe crashes by making it safer for vehicles to cross and merge by decreasing the number of lanes they need to cross at one time. Studies show a 70 percent reduction in fatalities and a 42 percent reduction in injury crashes where J-turns are used.

To learn how a J-turn works and review the safety benefits of a J-turn, visit MnDOT’s Reduced Conflict Intersections web pages.

Intersection lighting

45 LED street lights have been added to the corridor. LED lights comfortably improve visibility at night of possible hazards. Good lighting has been shown to significantly reduce nighttime crashes. Three additional lights will be installed as materials allow, for a total of 48.

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