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Brown County Commissioners unanimously approved a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) rural intersection lighting agreement and resolution on Tuesday. The highway department plans to improve signage, pavement markings and/or lighting at state /county highway intersections in nine District 7 counties using federal safety funds. Planned improvements include the intersections of Highway 14 and County Highway 10 two miles east of Sleepy Eye, and Highway 14 and County Highway 11 south, a half-mile east of Essig, in Brown County. Lighting is planned for the County Highway 10 intersection but not the County Highway intersection, according to Nov. 26, 2019 county board action. Lighting, pavement markings and improved signage would be paid by MnDOT. Brown County would cover maintenance and pay for electricity, estimated at $500 a year at County Highway 10. A knocked down light pole costs about $2,000 to replace, light bulbs are $300 and last about four years.

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