Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 169 near Milaca

Mille Lacs County

Improve three intersections

Construct 2020

MnDOT will improve and reconstruct three Highway 169 intersections with a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) design at Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11 north of Milaca, and Co. Rd. 12 and Co. Rd. 13 south of Milaca.

RCI at CR 11 RCI at CR 12 RCI at CR 13 Project locations map of all three RCI's at CR 11, 12, 13.
Future Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) on Highway 169 near Milaca. Click on each RCI location to download intersection layout, PDF

Project design layouts

Click on the project map location or Hwy 169 intersection listed below to view the final design layout:

Future impacts

  • Traffic impacts will be minimal. Motorists will encounter periodic lane or shoulder closures on Highway 169 and access detours on local roads.


What are Reduced Conflict Intersections

Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. RCIs can also be known as J-Turns or RCUTs.

Reduced Conflict Intersection illustration

How RCIs work

In an RCI, drivers always make a right turn, followed by a U-turn. Motorists approaching divided highways from a side street are not allowed to make left turns or cross traffic; instead, they are required to turn right onto the highway and then make a U-turn at a designated median opening. This reduces potential conflict points and increases safety. Generally, the delay caused by a signal is greater than the delay caused by the RCI.

Learn more about RCI's