No change planned for Hwy. 30 and Eighth Ave. intersection

A traffic study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) at the intersection of state Highway 30 and Eighth Avenue SW, which is also County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 15, in Pipestone yielded no recommended change to traffic controls.

Pipestone City Council members requested last year that MnDOT conduct the traffic study due to the new elementary school constructed by Pipestone Area Schools. City Administrator Jeff Jones said then that concerns had been expressed about traffic volumes and traffic control at the intersection.

“After looking at the traffic study, traffic flows, the number of accidents and all the other criteria they utilized, they’re recommending no change be made on that Eighth Avenue, Highway 30 intersection,” Jones said during the June 6 Pipestone City Council meeting.

According to a MnDOT report about the study, traffic and speed at the intersection were studied in February, compared to past numbers and projected into the future. MnDOT also looked at crash history at the location. According to the report, there were two reported crashes at the intersection between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2021 and they were property damage only. The crash rate was determined to be below the rate that would indicate that there was a safety issue.

According to the report, MnDOT examined options including leaving the intersection as it is with stop signs for traffic on Eighth Avenue SW, a four-way stop, traffic signals and a roundabout. A single-lane roundabout was considered a viable long-term option because it would slow traffic at the intersection and accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, but it would be costly, require right-of-way acquisition and encroach on properties around the intersection. The report indicated that the existing stop signs were a viable long-term option and recommended that the intersection remain as is.