Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 169 near Milaca

Mille Lacs County

Reconstruct three intersections

MnDOT will reconstruct and improve safety at three Highway 169 intersections with a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) design at Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11 north of Milaca, and Co. Rd. 12 and Co. Rd. 13 south of Milaca.

Current impacts

Periodic shoulder closures as crews clear work areas along the road through March. News Release

Future impacts

What you can expect May through June:

  • Both directions of Hwy 169: Periodic lane or shoulder closures at off-peak times.
  • Local access: Road and pedestrian access to be maintained at each intersection. Follow directional signs and expect changes, gravel surfaces, flaggers and heavy moving equipment.
  • Check 511mn.org for current impacts on Hwy 169

Work schedule

Hwy 169

Clear areas along roads

Work at Co. Rd. 11

Work at Co. Rd. 11, 12, 13




Schedule is tentative and subject to change

What are Reduced Conflict Intersections

Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) 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.

Reduced Conflict Intersection illustration

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.

Learn more about RCI's