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Documents related to juvenile offenders may be faxed to 651-430-6947 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Washington County resident, call the Community Corrections drug testing line at 651-430-6955. •Call each day, Sunday through Thursday, any time after 9:00 a.m. •This message will tell you which colors have been called, the day to provide the sample and which location to submit the sample. •Testing occurs at three locations – listen to the entire message to learn which location will be collecting samples for your color: Stillwater – Washington County Courthouse, 14949 62nd St No, Community Corrections lobby, 2nd floor Cottage Grove – Service Center, 13000 Ravine Pkwy, Community Corrections Room 88 Forest Lake – Headwaters Service Center, 19955 Forest Rd No, Room 1714 •Report to the collection site on the day indicated for your color. •Collection times are any time between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. •You must present a photo ID and $18.00. •Cash, cashier’s check, money order, Visa or MasterCard credit/debit cards are accepted. •Personal checks are NOT accepted. Your probation officer will be notified of all test results and/or if you fail to submit a sample as scheduled. Failure to report for a scheduled test is a violation of your probation. If you have any questions, please contact your probation officer.
If you live outside of Washington County you may be assigned to submit tests through RSI Labs in St. Paul. Call their drug testing line at 651-209-6137. • Be sure to listen to the complete message to learn which colors have been called, and the day to provide the sample. • You may call this number any time between 12:00 p.m. (noon) and 10:00 p.m. every day of the week, Sunday through Saturday. • The RSI testing location is RSI Labs, 357 Oneida Street South, St Paul, MN • When your color is called, you must report as indicated. Collection times vary depending on the day, so listen closely to the message. • When submitting a urine sample, you must bring a photo ID and $18.00. You will be able to pay the $18.00 fee with a money order made out to RSI Labs. • Cash, checks, and credit/debit cards are not accepted. Your probation officer will be notified of all test results and/or if you fail to submit a sample as scheduled. Failure to report for a scheduled test is a violation of your probation. If you have any questions, please contact your probation officer.
651-430-6279, Option #6
Make payable to Court Administration Restitution. Include your file number on check or money order.
Note: Do not make checks/money orders payable to Community Corrections/Probation.
Mail Payment to:Court Administration-RestitutionWashington County Courthouse14949 62nd Street NorthPO Box 3802Stillwater, MN 55082-3802
Format: FirstName.LastName@co.washington.mn.usExample: John.Doe@co.washington.mn.us
Call 651-430-6962 or email CCDocs-Financial@co.washington.mn.us with your concerns.
Out-of-home placements include:• Family foster care• Shelter care• Group home• Respite care• Residential treatment care• Detention• Correctional
Treatment includes:• Chemical dependency• Sex offender• Multi-Systemic Therapy• PLACE
How is the fee determined?
You will receive financial forms to complete and return to Washington County Collections. It is to your advantage to complete the forms and return them as quickly as possible so that you know what your parental fee will be.Any income you receive on behalf of your child including, but not limited to, child support, SSI, and RSDI shall be paid to Washington County towards your child’s cost of care. The parental fee is based on various factors including:• Parental income (excluding step-parent income)• Household size
Go to the Sheriff's Office Warrant Search page.
Washington County recommends providers complete more than just the basic required training. This can help you become a more professional and skilled care provider.
Any person can voluntarily report if they know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected or has been abused or neglected in the past three years. If you are a mandated reporter and you know or suspect that a child is being abused or neglected or has been subjected to abuse or neglect within the past three years, you are required by law to report that information. The reporter’s name is confidential, accessible only if the reporter consents or by a court order.
The following people may use child support services:
The court may find an obligor in contempt if they have the ability to pay but are not paying their child support obligation. The court may sentence an obligor to serve time in jail. Contempt is used only when other enforcement tools have failed and the county attorney approves it.
When an obligor is in arrears in an amount equal to at least three months of the court ordered support obligation, a possible enforcement remedy is civil contempt.
If Washington County is providing support enforcement services, the child support worker may initiate contempt proceedings if contempt is determined to be an appropriate remedy. Once the worker initiates the contempt, it is referred to the County Attorney's Office to proceed with personal service of the obligor. If the location of the obligor is unknown, Washington County will be unable to pursue civil contempt until the obligor's location is confirmed.
A hearing will be scheduled at which the court will determine whether or not the obligor has failed to willfully pay support. The court may sentence the obligor to a period of up to six months in jail. The jail sentence is typically stayed on the condition the obligor complies with certain requirements such as making the support payments. A review hearing will be scheduled for three to six months from the date of the first hearing to verify if the obligor is in compliance with the courts order of contempt. An order for contempt is typically in effect for one year from the date of the first order for contempt.
Not necessarily. There is no guarantee that civil contempt will result in payments from the obligor. A review hearing will be set at the time of the initial hearing and if the obligor is not paying, they will be in front of the judge again for the non-payment. This may result in the obligor serving time in jail.
No, driver's license suspension and contempt are separate actions. An obligor would still need to take action on the driver's license suspension even if they are found in contempt by a judge.
If an obligor fails to attend the contempt hearing, the judge will issue a writ for their arrest and a bond amount will be ordered. If the obligor is picked up on the writ, they will be scheduled for a hearing where they will appear in front of a judge on the contempt charge.
Yes. The obligee may bring a motion for civil contempt. Contempt paperwork may be found on the Minnesota Judicial Branch court website.
There are various reasons why Washington County would not be able to pursue contempt.
Individuals who want genetic testing but do not have a child support case open with the child support office can independently contact a genetic testing lab about genetic testing services.
Failure to cooperate with court ordered genetic testing may result in a warrant being issued for the arrest of the person(s) who fail to cooperate.
Please call 651-275-7400 or e-mail your question
Yes. The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) can help support families develop better coping skills and a solid plan to help in future situations.
The Crisis Response Unit (CRU) staff consists of trained mental health professionals and practitioners.
Yes. No one will be turned away in a crisis situation due to not having insurance.
Possibly. Washington County does not charge a fee for Crisis Response services. However, some services can be billed through the individual’s insurance policy which may lead to a financial obligation for the insurance holder.
Yes. Stabilization services are available to work with clients for a short time to ensure that any needed referrals are made and supports are in place.
In most situations, yes. The only time the phone would not be answered is in a situation where all staff are working with other clients. In that case, staff will return the call as soon as possible.
You do not need an assigned county case manager to be eligible for the grant. You will need to meet all of the requirements with income, age, disability, and need for the grant.
Yes, if you are currently using any other MA funded program you will need to consult with your case manager or the FSG Coordinator at ComSvsFamilySupportGrant@co.washington.mn.us to inquire if your situation is eligible.
Yes! We can use FSG funds as a gap services to assistance as long as you qualify while you wait for other services to be set up.
After all of the paperwork that is needed to process has been received you will be notified of what you have been approved for and the grant amount. It typically will take around 30-60 days to receive the funds.
As of right now, we can’t approve anyone that is 25 or older to receive grant funds. Please call the intake line to see if other services are available based on the needs of the person.
You do not need to have MA to be eligible for grant funds but the family support grant should always be used last payer, if you are on MA and it covers a service or your private insurance is able to cover it. You may be asked to provide documentation that show denials off coverage from MA and/or your private insurance before getting approved.
You can reapply yearly for the program and your eligibility will be reviewed again. There is a yearly max per year that one child is allowed to receive. If you do not qualify at some point after being approved you are responsibility for communicating this and returning any funds that you shouldn’t have received directly to the county.
Each child that qualifies for the Family Support Grant is allowed to receive up to the max amount each year as long as they qualify for the grant.
The checks are always mailed out the beginning of the month. It is very important to keep your mailing address updated with the case manager or the FSG coordinator. The checks are mailed directly to the family. We do not coordinate in-person pickups of the checks.
Other programs include:
The total amount of SNAP benefits your household gets each month is called an allotment.
Because SNAP households are expected to spend about 30% of their own resources on food, your allotment is calculated by multiplying your household's net monthly income by 0.3, and subtracting the result from the maximum monthly allotment for your household size.
Table 4: SNAP Maximum Monthly Allotment Based on Household Size
Note: The allotments described here are for households in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. The allotments are different in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can apply in a number of ways:
SNAP benefits may not be used for any nonfood items, such as pet food, soap, paper products, and household supplies; beer, wine, cigarettes, or tobacco; vitamins and medicines; food that will be eaten in the store; hot foods.
How to Use Your Minnesota EBT Card (PDF)
Call Washington County Veteran Services to make an appointment at one of our offices. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for federal holidays. When required, in-person meetings are by appointment only at all three of our locations: Stillwater, Cottage Grove, and Forest Lake.
Service connection for a disability may be established in the following ways:
A service connected disabled Veteran does not have to pay for medical care at a VAMC for his/her service connected disability. Depending on the percentage of disability, the service connected Veteran may have co-payments for non-service connected disability services and/or prescriptions. These co-payments may be waived if the Veteran completes a financial means test and meets the criteria for exemption. Note: 50–100 percent service-connected Veterans do not have any co-pays for services and/or prescriptions, even for non-service related conditions. If a Veteran is not service-connected, there may be co-payments for services and prescription costs.
The widow/widower of a recognized war-time Veteran may be eligible for a pension. This pension is based solely on financial need. The widow/widower of a Veteran who died of a service-connected disability is eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, also known as DIC. This compensation is not based on financial need. The widow/widower of a Veteran who was rated at 100 percent, permanent and total, service connected disabled for ten years or more is also eligible for DIC even if the Veterans death was not due to service connected conditions. In this circumstance, there may be an additional allowance for the widow/widower if he/she was married to the Veteran for eight years or more and lived continuously with the Veteran prior to death.
When a Veteran is rated 30 percent service connected or more, the Veteran is given an additional allowance for dependents. Veterans who are in receipt of pension are also given an allowance for dependents; however, with pension all dependent income is counted/included. When a Veteran is rated at 100 percent permanent and total or a Veteran dies due to a service connected disability, dependents are eligible for education benefits.
Under Minnesota law, expungement means the sealing of a criminal record so it is notpublicly available. Only a District Court Judge can order a criminal recordsealed. An expungement order issued by a Judge seals the criminal record andprohibits the Court and state agencies that hold criminal records fromdisclosing, acknowledging, or opening the criminal record except under courtorder or as permitted by law.
No.Expungement will only seal your criminal record. Your criminal record willstill exist under seal. An expunged criminal record will not be accessible tothe public.
Yourexpunged and sealed criminal record can still be accessed by the Court,prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies including police, FBI, immigration,and other agencies in a criminal investigation, prosecution, or for sentencingand probation purposes. Your sealed criminal record can also be accessed bycriminal justice agencies and other state agencies if you apply for certainjobs or apply for types of occupational licenses.
Yes.Many criminal offenses are more serious, or enhanced, if you have prioroffenses of the same type. For example, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is anoffense where the penalties become more serious if you have prior DWI offenses.When the law permits, a sealed criminal record can be used to enhance thepenalties for new offenses.
Ifyou apply through the Washington County Attorney’s Office, you do not have to paythe $300 filing fee to the Court. If you apply by preparing and filing aPetition for Expungement directly with the Court, you will have to pay a $300filing fee for each offense or ask the Court to waive this fee based on yourincome.
If you apply through the Washington County Attorney’s Office and you qualify for expungement, you do not have to file any paperwork with the Court. If you seek expungement on your own, you must file a Petition for Expungement with the Court and pay a filing fee.
No. If your criminal record is eligible, the Washington County Attorney’s Office will request an expungement from the Court. You will not have to appear in court to seal your record.
Fillout the online application. Once you apply, the Washington County Attorney’sOffice will review your case and determine if you’re eligible to seal yourcriminal record. If you are eligible, we will request additional information tocomplete the expungement process.
After you apply, we will analyze your criminal record and determine if you are eligible for expungement. If you are eligible, we will contact you for additional information to complete your expungement. If you are not eligible, we will contact you to explain why you are not eligible for expungement.
Whenthe Court issues an expungement order, a copy will be sent to the mailingaddress in your application. This is proof that your records have been expungedand are now sealed.
Yes.Your application can be denied by the Washington County Attorney’s Office or by theCourt.
Your offense is not eligible under the Minnesota expungement law.
Not enough time has passed since you were discharged from probation. In some cases, you may be eligible in the future after the waiting period has ended.
You have new crimes or a serious criminal history.
We will carefully consider the factors outlined inthe Minnesota expungement law to determine if sealing your record is appropriate. These factors include the nature and seriousness of the offense, the length of time since the offense occurred, the steps taken towards rehabilitation following the offense, any aggravating or mitigating factors, your participation in the offense, your criminal history, the effect that the criminal record has on your ability to obtain employment, housing, and other necessities of life.
Weencourage you to seek community-based legal assistance ifyour application is denied or if you have other questions about the law orlegal process.
Family Law appointments are Tuesdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Civil law appointments are once per month between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. You must pre-register by filling out the intake form.
Per our Parks Ordinance #213 - Regulations Pertaining to General Parkland Operation:
It shall be unlawful to use park property as a starting or landing field for aircraft, hot air balloons, parachutes, hang gliders, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) aka "drones", or other flying apparatus, unless otherwise authorized by permit.
Engine Powered Models or Toys
It shall be unlawful for any person to start, fly or use any fuel or battery powered model aircraft, model boat, model car, or unmanned aircraft systems ("drones"), or rocket or like powered toy or model, except as authorized with a use permit.
To learn about our pet policy, click here.
At any park contact station (Big Marine Park Reserve, Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St Croix Bluffs Regional Park), the Washington County Government Center, Public Works Building, or at a pay station located near the entries of each park.
Their location can be found in the front office or on this page.
Goats graze on undesirable plants, like common buckthorn and garlic mustard to set them back and make way for native species.
We move the goats depending on how long it takes them to eat the vegetation of the paddock they are in. A paddock is the fenced in area where the goats are placed to target specific plants.
The goats eat the undesirable plants. No feeding by guests is allowed. Goats are next to fresh water sources or water is added when needed.
Goat dispatch LLC. They are Spanish goats.
We ask that you please do not pet the goats.
Check this webpage for current status.
In general, you should wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and weather appropriate clothes. If you have them, you can bring work/gardening gloves.
Always bring water and feel free to bring your own snack if you’d like. Other things to think about bringing include sunscreen and/or bug spray.
If the weather forecast is bad, a call will be made to cancel the event by 3:00 pm the Friday before the event. This will be updated on the monthly Facebook event or you can call the park office at 651-430-8370. If you have not seen anything by 3:00 pm, assume the event is still happening. If there is lightning during the event, it is automatically cancelled.
No, a single day volunteer parking pass will be provided to you when you arrive at the Eagle Point Lake Trailhead. If you do have a parks permit, that will work as well.
Yes, kids are welcome but any minors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Yes, please do! It helps us if you RSVP, but volunteers are always welcome.
Not a problem, just come for as long as you can and express this to the head steward when you arrive.
The volunteers will be at Eagle Point Lake Trailhead until 9:40 every day.
If you are later than 9:40 am, stop in at the park office at the park entrance. Tell them you are here to volunteer with natural resources and they will provide you a parking pass and let you know where to meet the group.
If you have a group of approximately 10+ people and would like to come volunteer, see section for “Group Volunteer opportunities”.
Aerosol cleaners / degreasers / lubricants / starting fluid Note: empty aerosol cans may be placed in the garbageAntifreezeBrake fluidCharcoal lighter fluidGasolineKerosenePower steering fluidPropane tanksTransmission oilUsed motor oil and filtersVehicle batteries (no hybrid batteries)
The food scraps drop-off program is for residents who are recycling food scraps at home. The program is open to residents of Washington and Ramsey counties.
No, food scraps are not accepted from businesses. Visit BizRecycling.com for details on business recycling.
Visit the Food Scraps information page on Washington County's website.
You can drop off food scraps as often as you like during operating hours.
A compostable bag (either BPI certified compostable or paper bag) is required if bagging your food scraps. Plastic bags are not compostable and are considered a contaminant at the commercial composting facilities that process the food scraps.
Odors will be similar to regular trash and will not attract pests if managed properly. Dropping off your foodscraps on a weekly basis will help minimize odor and pests.
No. Please keep food scraps separate from yard waste. Search the Disposal Directory to find a list of yard waste drop-off locations.
The food scraps collected are recycled at a local facility and turned into compost.
Property taxes do not have a set rate like income or sales taxes. With property taxes, taxing jurisdictions determine the dollar amount to raise from property taxes. This is called the “levy.” The levy is divided by the total value of the property in the taxing jurisdiction, the “tax base,” to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the value of each individual parcel to determine each parcel’s share of property taxes.
The real estate market in Washington County and in the rest of the Twin Cities metro area has seen some of the largest gains in recent history during the past year and a half.
Sales prices paid for homes have greatly exceeded the county’s assessed values, also called estimated market value.
For example, nearly 600 home sales in Cottage Grove averaged 22% higher than the county’s assessed value, while sales in Oakdale exceeded the assessed values by nearly 18%.
Assessed values are estimates of market value based on sales in a community or neighborhood. They are required to be at or very close to the amount a property would sell for if placed on the open market as of a certain date.
A value increase does not correlate directly to an increase in property tax. Property value is only one factor that is used to determine the portion of property tax each property owner pays.
Increases in values do not generate more tax revenue. Only an official action by a taxing authority to increase the tax levy will increase the total amount collected and only the amount levied can be collected.
Call 651-430-6175 to talk to an assessor. The earlier you call, the more options you have to correct any errors.
Each year, Washington County mails Property Tax Statements by March 31. A Notice of Valuation and Classification for taxes payable in the following year is mailed in the same envelope.
Property Tax Statements are also available on our online property information website. You will need to have your property identification number or your address available to access this information.
Reference the Description of Line Items on 2023 Property Tax Statement (PDF).
School district 624 White Bear Lake passed a school referendum for Pay 2023. Final 2023 taxes in this district may be higher than proposed taxes.
Property taxes do not have a set rate like income or sales taxes. With property taxes, taxing jurisdictions determine the dollar amount to raise from property taxes. This is called the "levy." The levy is divided by the total value of the tax base of the taxing jurisdiction to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the value of each individual parcel to determine each parcel’s share of the property tax liability. It is possible that taxes may go up even if values went down. The property tax on an individual parcel is affected by a number of factors including:
Want to know if the tax change on a property is generally what other taxpayers are experiencing? This document (PDF)has information on property taxes in Washington County. This includes information such as counts of parcels by range of tax increase/decrease, and maps of the percentage change in taxes.
Looking for an estimate of what taxes would be if property was homesteaded? This interactive calculator allows you to enter the value of the property and select the location in the county and will provide an estimate of property taxes if the property is homestead vs. non-homestead.
If you owned and occupied this property as your homestead on January 2, 2023, you may qualify for one or both of the following refunds:
More information on Property Tax Refunds is available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
The Proposed Property Tax Notice, sometimes called the "Truth In Taxation" notice, is mailed in mid-November and provides property taxpayers with an estimate of the property tax they will pay in 2024 if the taxing jurisdictions approve the budget amounts they are considering. Property owners are invited to attend meetings held by the local units of government to express their opinions on local budgets and taxes.
2024 Truth in Taxation Public Budget Meetings (PDF)
Want to know if the tax change on a property is generally what other taxpayers are experiencing? This document has information on property taxes in Washington County. This includes information such as counts of parcels by range of tax increase/decrease, and maps of the percentage change in taxes.
The school tax amount is broken down between Voter approved levies and Other local levies. Contact your school district for specific information for your district.
The proposed 2024 tax notice does not include referenda approved by the voters at the November 7, 2023 election. ISD's 200, 833, 834 & 2144 are holding school referendums for Pay 2024.
Washington County does not have information on the property tax impact of these questions. Visit the links to the school district websites if you want to estimate the impact that the referenda will have on your taxes:
Following are links to additional information regarding property taxes:
Two refund programs are available to homestead property owners. Both are through the State of Minnesota.
Regular Refund, sometimes called the "circuit breaker," is based on household income and the amount of property tax you pay.
Special Refund. To qualify, your net property tax must increase by at least 12 percent and $100. The special refund is not based on income.
Forms and instructions are available from the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
The next Public Auction will be held Friday, December 8, 2023, at the Washington County Government Center located at 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 (Lower Level, Room LL12)
Information regarding upcoming auction dates is available on our website, by phone, or in our office. Washington County Tax Forfeited property auctions are held at the Government Center located at 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082. Select the at the top of this page and enter your email address to be notified of future auctions.
Friday, December 8, 2023, at 2:00 p.m.
You will be notified at least 3 weeks prior to the auction.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), such officer, deputy, clerk, or employee or commissioner for tax-forfeited lands or assistant to such commissioner may (1) purchase lands owned by that official at the time the state became the absolute owner thereof or (2) bid upon and purchase forfeited property offered for sale under the alternate sale procedure described in section 282.01, subd. 7a.
Parcel lines can also be printed with aerial photography in the background. Again, the lines are approximate.
Yes, aerial photography is available in 5 to 10 year intervals from 1936 to 2019.
Yes, you may call the office with your request and provide your card information over the phone. You may also send an e-mail to Publicworks@co.washington.mn.us with your request, name, and phone number. We will then contact you at the number provided with the total cost, and to receive your card information.
Washington County does not replace mailboxes or posts damaged by the force of moving snow. A swing away style mailbox is designed to minimize the risk of damage from plowed snow and is what is suggested.
All Washington County residents that reside on a county road may have a swing-away style mailbox installed for $75.00. Please submit a Mailbox Request Form to Washington County Public Works via email or mail to 11660 Myeron Rd N, Stillwater MN, 55082. For additional information, please call 651-430-4300.
Please contact Jennifer Oehler, Washington County Public Works, at 651-430-4313 or email for additional information.
City and Township contact information
Please contact Washington County Public Works at 651-430-4300.
According to Minnesota State Statute 160.27 Subdivision 5 prohibits the placement of any advertisement within the limits of any highway including county roads. Call Washington County Public Works at 651-430-4300, or email for additional information.
If the pothole is on a city street contact the corresponding agency from the link provided below. If the pothole is on a state highway please contact MnDot Dispatch at 651-592-1550. City and Township contact information
Please contact Jennifer Oehler, Washington County Public Works, at 651-430-4313 or email for more information.
Please contact Jennifer Oehler, Washington County Public Works, at 651-430-4313, email, or go to the Permits page for additional information.
Yes. Over 1,000 modern roundabouts have been built in the United States since 1990. National and State studies show that roundabouts increase safety and reduce delay.
Roundabouts are a proven strategy to reduce injury and fatal crashes compared to traditional intersections. Roundabouts are effective at slowing down traffic so that when crashes do occur, they usually occur at low speeds and are unlikely to cause injury or major damage. Roundabouts are also able to prevent head-on and right angle (T-bone) types of crashes, which are among the most deadly crash types due to the rapid transfer of energy between colliding vehicles.
Although traffic signals provide lights that indicate when a pedestrian has the right-of-way, pedestrians crossing at traffic signals must still be vigilant of drivers making yielding left turns or making right turns on red, and drivers too often make tragic mistakes such as running red lights, often at high speeds. Roundabouts offer pedestrians much lower traffic speeds, better sight lines, much shorter crossing distances, and much less waiting time before being able to cross, putting pedestrians in greater control of their own safety.
Traffic signals usually require left and right turn lanes in order to operate safely and effectively, and the costs of constructing turn lanes where they do not already exist can make traffic signal implementation significantly more expensive than a roundabout. For example, US61 and 170th Street in the City of Hugo, the roundabout cost $1.2 million to construct in 2013, but the costs of constructing turn lanes and a traffic signal was estimated at $2.0 million. Because fewer approach lanes are needed at roundabouts, the project length and property impacts can also be significantly lessened, reducing or eliminating the need for property acquisition (eminent domain).
At locations where traffic volumes are relatively balanced between the intersecting roadways, roundabouts can often handle traffic with much less delay than a comparable traffic signal. A 2010 county study compared the signalized intersection of 10th Street and Inwood Ave in Lake Elmo with the roundabout intersection at Radio Drive and Bailey Road in Woodbury during the afternoon rush hour. Although the intersections have very similar traffic volumes, the study found that drivers at the roundabout incurred 58% less delay than at the traffic signal, despite the fact that the traffic signal has sixteen approach lanes while the roundabout has only eight.
Multi-lane roundabouts function like a traffic signal with multiple lanes. Signs are placed along the roadway prior to the roundabout, informing motorists of the movements that are allowed in each lane. For instance, at a signal, left turns are generally not allowed from a right lane and right turns are not allowed from a left lane. The same is true in a multi-lane roundabout. Always follow the signs to choose the correct lane.
Traffic Circles vs RoundaboutsRotaries vs Roundabouts
Roundabouts are designed so that buses may go through them while staying in their own lane. Larger roundabouts allow large semi-trailers to go through while staying in their lane as well. However, most roundabouts have a raised concrete apron around the inside circle to allow trucks to ride over them. This allows trucks to go through the roundabout while allowing the roundabout to stay small in size.
You should proceed through the roundabout prior to pulling over for the emergency vehicle to pass. If you are approaching a roundabout, pull over before entering to allow the emergency vehicle to pass you. Never stop within the roundabout, as doing so may obstruct the path of the emergency vehicle and prevent other vehicles from exiting.
Roundabouts typically take more room than traffic signals at low-volume intersections. As volume increases, the size of a roundabout and traffic signal become comparable. However, because roundabouts do not require the construction of turn lanes to store vehicles waiting for a green light, they allow the roadways entering the roundabout to be narrower, this reducing property impacts.
In rural areas, drivers are normally able to pass pedestrians who are lawfully walking along the roadway or shoulder. However, the design of roundabouts omits shoulders and prevents drivers from passing in order to ensure safe operating speeds. In this constrained geometry, drivers would be unable to pass any pedestrians who were walking within the roundabout. Therefore, even in rural areas, roundabouts typically feature separated sidewalks and crosswalks to ensure safe and efficient operations for drivers and pedestrians.
Failure to Yield Improper Lane Use
If you are interested in a career as a professional peace officer in Minnesota, the Minnesota POST Board is here to get you on the right path. Open to students, people working in another field, or experienced officers from another state or the military.
Must be have been working in law enforcement within the past six years may qualify to take the Minnesota Reciprocity Licensing Examination without having to complete additional education.
For Out-of-State Reciprocity
For Military Reciprocity
For more information about reciprocity, visit Minnesota POST exams.
Visit the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for the most information on educational programs and licensure requirements.