Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 169 near Milaca

Mille Lacs County

Reconstruct intersections

May-June 2020

Map of work locations, plan on periodic shoulder, lane closures
Motorists to encounter periodic shoulder, median and lane closures on Hwy 169 at Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11, 12, 13 in May-June 2020. Click map for PDF

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.


Hwy 169

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.

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.

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