Highway Department

Your Safety is Our Job

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
  • Rural Intersection Conflict Warning Systems(RICWS) – 3 intersections
  • 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.

Follow our 5-year Highway Construction plan by visiting: Wright County 5 Year Plan 2022-2026

  1. County Highway 12 Closed for Construction in Montrose, beginning June 20th, 2022.

    County Highway 12 in Montrose will be closed for construction starting Monday, June 20 and will be open to traffic by Friday, July 1, weather dependent. Read on...
  2. 2022 Pavement Preservation Construction Begins the week of June 20th

    Work being completed includes milling, reclaiming existing bituminous surface & aggregate base; paving new layers of bituminous mixture; placement of shouldering material along the edges of the roadway; and painting new pavement markings on the highways. Read on...
  3. County Highway 119 Closure at Jansen Ave in St. Michael, starting June 7th, 2022

    The Wright County Highway Department has been informed that the City of St. Michael will close County Highway 119 at the intersection of Jansen Ave beginning Tuesday, June 7th to construct a roundabout. Read on...
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