Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 31, 2019

Open house Nov. 13 in Milaca for three Highway 169 Reduced Conflict Intersection’s to be built in 2020

BAXTER, Minn. — The public is invited to attend an open house to learn about future Highway 169 Reduced Conflict Intersection’s (RCI) to be built in 2020 at three busy Mille Lacs County Road intersections on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Milaca.

The open house will be held 4 to 6 p.m. at the Historic County Courthouse in the County Board room at 635 2nd Street SE in Milaca. There is no formal presentation and guests are invited to arrive anytime. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how RCIs operate, view intersection layouts, take home handouts and ask questions.

Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs), also known as J-turns, are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. This project will construct three RCIs at:

  • Highway 169 and Mille Lacs County Road 11 north of Milaca
  • Highway 169 and County Road 12 south of Pease/Milaca
  • Highway 169 and County Road 13 at Long Siding, south of Milaca

Traffic impacts will be minimal during construction in 2020. Motorists will encounter periodic lane or shoulder closures on Highway 169 and access detours on local roads. When complete, the estimated $2 million Highway 169 project will improve motorist safety and access.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.

To learn more about this project, contact Eric Schiller, project manager at 218-828-5821 or eric.schiller@state.mn.us or visit the project website at mndot.gov/d3/projects/rci/h169.

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