Reconstruct three Highway 169 intersections with a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) design at Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11 north of Milaca, Co. Rd. 12 south of Milaca near Pease, and Co. Rd. 13 at Long Siding.
What to expect at each of the three work areas:
Both directions of Hwy 169: Periodic lane, median or shoulder closures at off-peak travel times
Local access: Road and pedestrian access to be maintained at each intersection. Follow directional signs and expect changes, gravel surfaces, flaggers and heavy moving equipment.
Work at Co. Rd. 11
Work at Co. Rd. 11, 12, 13
New intersections will be open by June 26, 2020.
About 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.
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.