Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 169 near Milaca

Mille Lacs County

New, safer access

Map of work locations, plan on periodic shoulder, lane closures
OPEN: Hwy 169 intersections at Mille Lacs Co. Rd. 11, 12. Click map for PDF

All open

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

Reduced Conflict Intersection illustration

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.

Thank you

MnDOT thanks motorists for their continued patience during this 2020 access improvement project.

About Reduced Conflict Intersections

Road signs in an RCI - turn around to access location
Watch for signs, make a U-turn.

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.

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