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Groundwork laid for pedestrian crosswalks on Highway 75

Lead Summary
Lori Sorenson

Work began this week to install the long-awaited pedestrian crossing lights on Highway 75 near Luverne High School.
After decades of debate on how to improve pedestrian safety in that area, state and local officials agreed in April to install “rectangular rapid flashing beacons” (RRFBs.)
Two beacons will be installed — one at Barck and one at Dodge — for a cost of $200,000, shared by city and school.
The county will maintain the equipment, which will replace most of the six crossing guards that cost $50,000 annually.
The overhead flashing yellow lights are activated by pedestrians and will replace the flashing signs that indicate the speed of approaching motorists.
In addition, the 25-mph school zone speed limit will be returned to 30 mph.
Luverne’s Jason DeBeer of Concrete Creations is doing the cement work ahead of the wiring and installation, which is set for completion this fall.

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