Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 65 Reduced Conflict Intersections & Turn Lane Improvements

Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Ham Lake, East Bethel

Traffic Impacts

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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When center medians are closed, traffic will not be allowed to cross the highway (traffic will be able to turn right off Hwy 65 or turn right from side roads onto Hwy 65). Side streets that connect to Hwy 65 will close and be detoured for a period of time. A signed detour will direct motorists at all locations. When there are shifted and narrowed lanes, please drive slowly and with caution. All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Road closures

July 9 through Fri, Aug. 2
  • 169th Ave. N.E./Flamingo Dr. N.E. and the center median is closed and detoured at Hwy 65
    • Detour: Motorists should use the existing median U-turns located north and south of the intersection
May 28 through early August
May 21 through July

Lane closures

July 9 through Fri, Aug. 2
  • Watch for short-term, temporary non-peak lane closures at 169th Ave. N.E./Flamingo Dr. N.E. and Hwy 65


Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.

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:
    • 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.

Project Visualization

Final details of the constructed project may differ from the visualization.

Understanding Reduced Conflict Intersections

Hwy 65: NB right lane

Hwy 65: NB to WB Viking Blvd.

WB Viking Blvd.

WB Viking Blvd. to SB Hwy 65