Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 65 Reduced Conflict Intersections & Turn Lane Improvements

Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Ham Lake, East Bethel

Several crashes occurred at the Viking Blvd./Co. Rd. 22 RCI intersection in spring and summer 2020, and some are still under review by the State Patrol. In the meantime, MnDOT engineers are reviewing all available historical crash data to identify patterns, and will be taking short term steps to enhance safety of the intersection. MnDOT continues to work closely with law enforcement, the City of East Bethel and Anoka County to understand the community’s needs and concerns. For the most current information about this intersection, and for additional educational information, bookmark and visit this project website and/or sign up to receive email updates.

Project complete

We see a reduced conflict intersection, or J-turn intersection, at Hwy 65 and Viking Blvd.
Hwy 65 and Viking Blvd. project location map.
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About this project

Construction of Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) and turn lane improvements will improve safety and mobility on the Hwy 65 corridor between 85th Ave. in Spring Lake Park and Sims Rd. in East Bethel. As the first signalized RCI in the Minnesota it is eligible for a Federal Accelerated Innovation Deployment grant.

Summary of work

  • Built a double left turn lane on the ramp from WB Hwy 10 to SB Hwy 65 in Blaine
  • Lengthened the left turn lanes at:
    • 85th Ave.
    • 99th Ave.
    • 105th Ave.
    • 109th Ave.
    • 117th Ave.
    • Andover Blvd.
    • Constance Blvd.
    • Crosstown Blvd.
    • Sims Rd.
  • Constructed signalized RCI at:
    • Viking Blvd. (Co. Rd. 22)
  • Constructed non-signalized RCIs at:
    • 169th Ave. N.E./Flamingo Dr. N.E.
    • 143rd Ave. N.E.
    • 181st Ave. N.E.
    • 153rd Ave. NE
    • 157th Ave.
    • 187th Ave.

MnDOT has set aside additional funding for an RCI at Hwy 65 and Klondike Dr. N.E., East Bethel in 2021.