MnDOT will improve and reconstruct 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.
Project design layouts
Click on the project map location or Hwy 169 intersection listed below to view the final design layout:
Traffic impacts will be minimal. Motorists will encounter periodic lane or shoulder closures on Highway 169 and access detours on local roads.
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.
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.