Reduced Conflict Intersections
What are they?
Reduced Conflict Intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country, RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns or RCUTs.
Why do they work?
With an RCI, drivers from the side street only have to be concerned with one direction of traffic on the highway at a time. You don’t need to wait for a gap in both directions to cross a major road. Traditional four-lane divided highway intersections have an elevated risk of severe right-angle crashes (commonly called “T-bone” crashes), especially for drivers attempting to cross all four lanes of traffic or turn left. At a traditional intersection, motorists from the side street need to look in both directions to cross a four-lane divided highway. Left turns require the same level of attention.
How do they 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.
Where in Minnesota are they located?
- Old Hwy 71 and County Rd. 24, Willmar
- Hwy 212 and Hwy 284, Cologne
- Hwy 65 (143rd, 153rd, 157th, 169th, 181st,187th), Anoka County
- Hwy 53 and County Rd. 52, Cotton
- Hwy 36 and Demontreville Trail, Lake Elmo
- Hwy 169 (Hwy 22, St. Julien St.) Saint Peter
- Hwy 169 (CSAH 59, Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store) Jordan
- Hwy 169 (Scott CSAH 59 and LeSeuer CSAH 28)
- New Hwy 371 and County Rd. 168/107, Pequot Lakes
- Old Hwy 371 and County Rd. 112, Pequot Lakes
- Hwy 23 (Saratoga Street, CSAH 7, Lyon Street), Marshall
- US 52 (180th, 190th, 200th, 210th, 215th, Fischer)
- US 14 and CSAH 17, Eagle Lake
- US 61 (Hwy 60, Shields, CSAH 30)
- US 2 and CSAH 75, Cass Lake
- Hwy 60 and Jackson CSAH 9, Heron Lake
- Hwy 65 and Viking Boulevard (Signalized)
MnDOT is planning and studying locations for additional RCIs across Minnesota in the years to come. Please contact us to find out more.