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The traffic signal at 31st Avenue Southwest and 10th Street Southwest will change to a flashing signal on Sunday, May 3, as part of preparations to remove the signal later this spring during the reconstruction of the intersection.
Drivers on 10th Street SW will see a flashing red signal, which should be treated like a stop sign. Drivers on 31st Avenue SW will see a flashing yellow signal; drivers should slow down, proceed through the intersection with caution, and be prepared to stop.
The intersection of 31st Avenue SW and 10th Street SW does not have enough traffic volume to warrant a traffic signal, according to an analysis conducted in 2019 by the City of Minot’s Traffic Department. In addition, the existing traffic signal, cabinet, and controller are significantly outdated and require constant maintenance, according to City Engineer Lance Meyer.
“This intersection is not anticipated to meet signal warrants within the next five years,” Meyer said. “Ultimately, the City Council chose not to spend approximately $250,000 to replace the signal and we will instead transition back to an intersection controlled by stop signs when it is reconstructed later this year as part of a storm sewer project.”
The intersection was previously controlled by stop signs at 10th Street Southwest until approximately 2007 when a temporary traffic signal was installed, Meyer said.