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The busiest intersection in Minot just got a little more complicated.
A traffic accident Thursday night damaged the traffic signal on the northeast corner of the Broadway/Burdick intersection . The signal pole was knocked over during the accident, causing a major disruption at the intersection that carries approximately 30,000 vehicles every day.
“We’re dealing with a lot of moving parts to make repairs to this intersection,” Traffic Engineer Stephen Joersz said. “We have someone on call to handle emergencies, but this was kind of a big event. We’re working to make repairs as quickly as we can.”
The intersection is currently functioning as a four-way stop, with more changes coming soon.
“We’re installing a trailer-mounted portable signal today. We’ll tie that into existing wiring, but we’ll lose some functionality. There won’t be a left turn phase for northbound traffic,” Joersz said.
The plan for a long-term temporary fix is to hopefully be able to repurpose one of the department’s old signal poles that was recently replaced, but that could take a few weeks to complete. Work has already started on a permanent fix.
“New signal poles can take between six and 10 months to get when they’re ordered,” Joersz said. “We’ve been in contact with local contractors and the Department of Transportation to get the ball rolling on all of these solutions.”
The incident led to changes at other traffic signals in Minot to account for changing traffic patterns.
“With our system, I was making signal timing changes last night from home to help alleviate the anticipated extra traffic on 6th Street and 16th Street,” Joersz said. “We’re expecting a lot of drivers to avoid the Burdick/Broadway intersection, so traffic will increase on a few other north/south routes.”
Joersz adjusted signal timing at the intersections of West Burdick/16th Street SW and West Burdick/6th Street SW to accommodate anticipated traffic increases.
“We made changes to allow for more time for northbound and southbound traffic on 16th St SW and 6th St SW,” Joersz said. “We’ve also made changes to have east/west left turns only on a flashing yellow arrow while the green arrows have been turned on for the north/south left turns.”