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MnDOT to close turn lane at downtown intersection where girl was hit by semi truck

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews will be removing the right turn lane on westbound Robert Street in downtown Crookston during the week of Oct. 25, according to an MnDOT press release.

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A semi maneuvers the tight right turn onto North Broadway from Robert Street, where U.S. Highway 2 enters downtown Crookston. (Ingrid Harbo / Grand Forks Herald)

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews will be removing the right turn lane on westbound Robert Street in downtown Crookston during the week of Oct. 25, according to an MnDOT press release.

Motorists turning right onto North Broadway from Robert Street will no longer use the right turn lane, instead using the middle lane as a combination through and turn lane. The City of Crookston also removed four parking spaces on either side of North Broadway near the intersection to allow for wider turns and better visibility as motorists turn onto the street.

Work on the intersection is expected to last two days, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to obey traffic signs and use caution in the area.

The decision to close the turn lane comes after discussions between the City of Crookston and MnDOT on how to make the corner of North Broadway and Robert Street safer for pedestrians.

Earlier this month, a 10-year-old girl was struck by a semi while riding her bike on the sidewalk at the intersection. Kaylee Acevedo was on her bicycle on the sidewalk when she was struck by the semi on Oct. 4. The semi was traveling westbound on Highway 2 when it attempted to turn onto North Broadway. When the back of the truck entered the sidewalk during the turn, Acevedo became entangled in its back tires, according to police. She was dragged about a block and a half, according to Crookston Police.

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The turn lane closure is a temporary solution for the intersection while the city conducts a corridor study to evaluate the needs of transportation, pedestrians and business owners along Highway 2 in Crookston. The findings of the corridor study will be used to recommend a long-term solution for the downtown area. According to MnDOT, the City of Crookston plans to host an open house for the corridor study later this fall.

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