Dangerous Intersection to Get Quick Fix

Posted at: 05/03/2013 5:44 PM
By: Brittany Lewis

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Some changes coming to a dangerous intersection, nearly one month after a Rochester man was killed. Concerns over the Highway 14 and 42 intersection near Eyota, led to a town hall meeting, and now the Minnesota Department of Transportation says, they’re making some changes. MNDOT plans to install some low cost options that can be implemented quickly.

On April 6, 66-year-old Marvin Jech was driving east on Highway 14, when he was hit by a truck traveling north on Highway 42. He was killed, on what was his 45th wedding anniversary. His family says he was a passionate man, always pushing to get things done, and now they are following in his footsteps.

One week after the accident, the family spoke in front of a panel of lawmakers and MNDOT representatives; demanding changes be made at the dangerous intersection. Now, those demands are becoming a reality.

"The changes that we've seen look good, they're progress in the right direction, which is a good thing and that's all we really wanted was something to happen,” said Jason Jech, Marvin’s son.

Those changes include the installation of rumble strips on both directions of Highway 42.

"Those transverse rumble strips will give even an earlier notice that something is going on up ahead,” said Nancy Klema, District Traffic Operator.

Flashing LED stop signs will be added to both directions of Highway 42.

"A person will see the shape of the stop sign that's what's lit. You will see that before you can even read that it's a stop sign,” said Klema.

And MNDOT will refresh pavement messages, alerting drivers that a stop is ahead.

"The goal of these three things is to increase the conspicuity of the intersection. Help make it stand out more. Help bring people's attention,” said Klema.

"It's important that some short term things were done, the long term solution is a better option,” said Jech.

That longer term solution is a round-about. Something MNDOT says could be installed in three to four years.

"Every life is valuable. I don't care if they're an older person or a younger person, and so you just hate to see that happen. if there's something that can be done to ensure the safety of people, then we should be doing it,” said Jech.

The more immediate changes will be put in place this summer.