The Wright County Highway Department is responsibility for all activities involving Wright County’s 512-mile County Highway system.It is the goal of the department to provide and maintain a transportation system that:
Implements transportation improvements that address safety and operation needs, while meeting engineering design standards and supporting the East Central Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) program.
Encourages safety for all users by reducing the number of fatalities and the severity of crashes throughout the County under the guidance of the County’s Road Safety Plan.
Promote a culture where traffic fatalities and serious injuries are prevented through education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical/trauma services.
Wright County has implemented many projects that have utilized approximately $3.1 million in federal safety grant funds and continues to successfully apply for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding.
The projects/strategies include:
Rural Street Lighting – over 110 intersections with street lighting
Mainline Dynamic Warning Systems – 4 intersections
Converting high speed rural all-way stops to roundabouts
Constructing dedicated left and right turn lanes
Centerline and edge lines
6” Painted white edge lines
Driver feedback speed signs
Chevron curve signing (over 680 sign assemblies on 98 curves)
These safety improvements continue to be our standard on all highway improvement projects!
Wright County is currently updating the safety plan and will expand the list of strategies to include larger scale counter measures that incorporate safety improvements such as restriping to include continuous center left turn (buffer) lane between opposing traffic, additional dedicated turn lanes at high volume, rural intersections and shoulder widening.