MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation will apply fluorescent yellow tape at several traffic signal lights in south central Minnesota this summer in hopes motorists will notice stop lights more and reduce crashes at intersections.

The traffic signal project includes installing fluorescent yellow tape around the rectangular back plate that contains the green, red and yellow traffic signal lights. This is a proven Federal Highway Administration safety countermeasure already used by other states.

“The reflective tape will make the signals look bigger and help motorists be more aware of them,” explained Nick Ollrich, MnDOT traffic engineer. “This will be especially helpful at night and in low-visibility conditions.”

The fluorescent yellow tape will go on signals at intersections considered at higher risk for crashes and may have a record of past crashes.  Motorists will see them installed at select state highway intersections in Mankato, North Mankato, Waseca, New Ulm, Worthington, Windom, Jackson, Luverne, Fairmont and St. Peter.