Improve three intersections
MnDOT will improve and reconstruct three Highway 169 intersections with a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) design at Mille Lacs County Road 11 north of Milaca, and County Road 12 and County Road 13 south of Milaca. Project locations map, PDF
Preliminary plans are in progress and construction is planned for 2020. About this project fact sheet, docx
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.
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 reduced conflict intersections, visit www.mndot.gov/roadwork/rci/