Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Feb. 7, 2018

Open house for Willmar Reduced Conflict Intersection set for February 15

WILLMAR, Minn. – The first open house for the 2021 US 71/CR 90 Reduced Conflict Intersection project is set for Thursday, February 15 at Grace Baptist Church (4307 18th St. NE) in Willmar. 

The open house will run from 4:30-6:00 pm. 

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about the Reduced Conflict Intersection, similar to a J-turn, ask questions and give feedback. 

From 2010 to 2014 there were sixteen (16) crashes at the intersection of US 71 and CR 90. MnDOT received funding from the Highway Safety Improvement Program due to the amount of severe crashes at the intersection.

Reduced Conflict Intersections decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways.  A study of before and after conditions at eight RCIs constructed in Minnesota since 2010 found a 100% reduction of fatal and serious injury right-angle crashes and a 77% reduction of all right-angle crashes (of all severities). 

The study also showed a 50% reduction of all injury crashes. 

With an RCI, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic at a time.  You don’t need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. 
For more information on the project visit the webpage at mndot.gov/d8/projects/us71cr90/.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, contact Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774, 711 or 1-800-627-3529. You may also send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.  Please send request at least one week in advance if possible.

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