New reduced conflict intersection opens at Highway 65 and 157th Avenue in Ham Lake
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – The new reduced conflict intersection (RCI) at Hwy 65 and 157th Avenue in Ham Lake is expected to open to traffic early this evening following the afternoon rush hour. This RCI will require motorists on 157th Avenue to always make a right turn, followed by a U-turn to cross Highway 65. Left turns will not be allowed from 157th Avenue to Highway 65. Motorists will still be allowed to turn left from Highway 65 to 157th Avenue. RCIs are a safer maneuver at busy intersections such as Highway 65 because they take away the more dangerous movements of making left turns from side streets to busy highways. RCIs reduce potential conflict points and increases safety.
Construction of an RCI is still underway at the intersection of 187th Lane and Hwy 65 in Ham Lake along with work on turn lane extensions between Spring Lake Park and East Bethel. All work will be completed in late October, weather permitting.
Four additional RCIs will be built during the 2019 construction season at 143rd Avenue, 153rd Avenue, 181st Avenue and Viking Boulevard. The RCI at Viking Boulevard and Highway 65 in East Bethel will be the first signalized RCI in Minnesota.
A project by the city of Ham Lake to rebuild 147th Avenue/148th Lane between Baltimore St. and Hastings St. will continue into next year.
For more information about driving the new RCI, including video demonstrations, please visit the Highway 65 website at mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy65rci. You can also find additional information about the Hwy 65 RCI project and turn lane extension work, a list of project locations or sign up for updates. Additional information about reduced conflict intersections is available at mndot.gov/roadwork/rci.