Good news--All three Hwy 169 reduced conflict intersections (RCI) are open to users at:
Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11 north of Milaca
Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 12 south of Milaca near Pease
Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 13 at Long Siding
RCI's are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. RCIs can also be known as J-turns or RCUTs.
MnDOT thanks motorists for their continued patience during this 2020 access improvement project.
About Reduced Conflict Intersections
How RCIs 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.