MnDOT and the City of Litchfield are partnering to test a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon at the intersection of Highway 12 and 3rd Street in Litchfield.  The beacon will be installed the week of October 16th for a testing period of 90 days. 

The current traffic signal will be hooded and will not be operational.  The testing period is an opportunity to collect data and public input.  At the end of the evaluation period, the results of the study, including public feedback, will be presented to the Litchfield City Council.

The rapid flashing beacon is a pedestrian-activated crossing option device used at un-signalized intersections and mid-block crosswalks.  It has an irregular flash pattern, similar to what is used by emergency vehicles.  The current traffic signal was evaluated and found to not be warranted. 

Further analysis of the intersection suggests that a beacon is a good option for pedestrians to safely cross the road. There are many opportunities for the public to learn more about Rectangular Flashing Beacons and give their feedback.  Staff from MnDOT and Bolton-Menk will be at Harvest Madness tomorrow to educate community members on how to use the pedestrian device and to promote upcoming opportunities to give feedback.