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A stretch of highway in the western suburbs that has become known as the "corridor of death" is reopening after undergoing several safety improvements.
The Highway 12 Safety Coalition will hold a ribbon cutting to recognize the completion of two years of highway construction safety improvements that have included two roundabouts, an extension of a center median divider, and the construction of a bridge overpass which realigns Hennepin County Road 92 where it intersects with U.S. Highway 12 in the City of Independence.
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After years of calls from the community, and months of construction, a section of Highway 12 is now much, much safer, officials say.
The section of the highway that closed in May, between County Road 6 in Orono and County Road 92 near Independence, is now set to re-open to traffic Thursday evening as major changes are now complete.
The particularly dangerous stretch of Hwy. 12 has been nicknamed the "Corridor of Death" for the frequency of fatal crashes that occur there. Now, MnDOT is removing trees along the road to increase safety.