Project targets Highway 15 safety from Kimball north to Highway 10

A local roadway has been flagged for a crash reduction project focusing on public education and traffic enforcement.

The Toward Zero Deaths Stearns & Benton Coalition has begun its “Project 15: This is You” campaign, which focuses on Minnesota Highway 15, from the southern border of Stearns County south of Kimball north to the Highway 15 and U.S. Highway 10 connection. The coalition includes representatives from local and state agencies as well as other public, private and community partners.

“Highway 15 has been reported many times on its lack of safety,” East Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Regional Coordinator Tom Nixon said Friday. “… I would say there’s a lot of crash history.”

According to Nixon, from 2016 to 2019, this stretch of Highway 15 saw more than 750 crashes that injured close to 200 people and killed four. Traffic crashes is the leading cause of death for individuals between 5 and 34 years old in Minnesota.

Minnesota Toward Zero Death uses its four Es — education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical and trauma services — to improve roadways with the intention of reducing accidents and eliminating fatalities. 

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“Even though we want people to behave on every roadway, this roadway is our focus this year,” Nixon said. 

A similar project was enacted on Minnesota Highway 23 in 2017.

Related:Highway 23 crash reduction project lowers injury crashes by 55 percent

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