Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2

East Grand Forks

About the project

Map of Hwy 2 projectThe Hwy 2 project map.

Summary of work

The project consists of a concrete crack and seat, 1.5” PASB and 3.5” Bituminous Overlay US 2 from 7th Avenue NW in East Grand Forks to 0.3 Miles east of CSAH 15 in Fishers on westbound lanes, turn lane improvements and intersection improvements at US2/2B. The US2/2B improvements will be Alternative 3B from the Intersection Study completed in May 2017.

Upcoming traffic impacts

  • None currently

Reduced conflict intersections

Reduced conflict intersections decrease fatalities and injuries caused by T-bone crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns, Michigan Lefts, or R-CUTs.


  • RCIs improve safety, with up to a 70 percent reduction in injury crashes nationwide
  • Minnesota currently has 12 RCIs, with the first one built in 2010
    • None of the reconfigured intersections have experienced a fatal crash

How do they work?

  1. Right turn: no change, right hand turns can be made the same as before
  2. Left turn: turn right, merge into the left lane and make a u-turn at the designated median opening
  3. To cross a four-lane highway: turn right, merge in the left lane (or turn directly into the left lane), make a u-turn at the designated median opening, merge into the right lane (or turn directly into the right lane), and turn right onto the side road
  4. To make a left turn off of the highway: no change, left hand turns can be made the same as before.


  • RCIs come in many different configurations and are designed to accommodate the normal traffic at the intersection.
  • This example shows an RCI with u-turns on each end and a left-turn in for each direction of traffic.
How to drive a reduced conflict intersection