Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Reduced Conflict Intersections

Increasing safety, decreasing T-bone crashes

Reduced Conflict Intersections

What are they?

Reduced Conflict Intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country, RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns or RCUTs.

Why do they work?

A typical four-lane divided highway intersection has 42 possible vehicle conflict points. RCI's reduce conflict points to as few as 18.

With an RCI, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. You don’t need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. Traditional four-lane divided highway intersections have an elevated risk of severe right-angle crashes (commonly called “T-bone” crashes), especially for drivers attempting to cross all four lanes of traffic or turn left. At a traditional intersection, motorists from the side street need to look in both directions to cross a four-lane divided highway. Left turns require the same level of attention.

How do they 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.

crossing a rural divided hwy using an RCI

left hand turn onto a divided hwy using an RCI

Where in Minnesota are they located?

Reduced Conflict Intersection
Finished Reduced Conflict Intersection
  • County Rd. 24, Willmar
  • Hwy 169 and County Rd. 3, Belle Plaine
  • Hwy 10 and County Rd. 8, Becker
  • Hwy 169 and 173rd St., Jordan
  • Hwy 212 and Hwy 284 in Cologne
  • Hwy 65 and 169th Ave, Ham Lake
  • Hwy 53 and County Rd. 52, Cotton
  • Hwy 36 and Demontreville Trail, Lake Elmo

MnDOT also plans to build additional RCIs in the next five years in Cannon Falls, Vermillion, Zumbrota, Ramsey, Oakdale and Pequot Lakes.