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Crews from Washington County and a pavement contractor were restriping 70th Street in Cottage Grove over the weekend to eliminate right-turn lanes and create a dedicated center left-turn lane. The project was planned before an Oct. 29 fatal accident but was prompted by driver and neighbor safety complaints. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Fatal accident puts renewed attention on safety along 70th Street in Cottage Grove


A fatal pedestrian crash last week put renewed attention on the safety of 70th Street in Cottage Grove.

Just days after 85-year-old retired Rev. Benjamin Tims was struck by a vehicle and killed while crossing the street, Washington County started restriping the road to eliminate right-turn lanes and create a dedicated center lane for left turns.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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