Hwy 14 traffic simulations demonstrate how proposed RCIs will work between Byron and Rochester
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News Release

June 1, 2021

Contact: Mike Dougherty, MnDOT District 6
Director of Communications, Public Engagement
Cell: 507-251-2749

ROCHESTER, Minn. Traffic simulations are now available on the Hwy 14 project website that demonstrate how the proposed Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCIs) will work at the intersections of Olmsted County Road 3 and 44 between Byron and Rochester, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The traffic simulations are based on peak travel times and showcase a variety of vehicles including large trucks and farm machinery. Links to the simulations can be found on the
Hwy 14 project website.

Frequently Asked Question section has been added to the website as well. This includes helpful information on how the decision to install the two RCIs was reached.

Reduced Conflict Intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by right-angle, broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. In some parts of the country, RCIs are sometimes referred to as J-turns or RCUTs.

“The project team has had good discussions with businesses and community members about the proposed RCIs and have received valuable feedback,” said Tom Austin, MnDOT project manager. “We are hoping these simulations help the community better understand how they will work and lessen any concerns there may be.”

MnDOT, in partnership with Olmsted County, City of Byron, City of Rochester and other local partners have evaluated three intersections in the Hwy 14 corridor for safety improvements between Rochester and Byron.  The partners worked together to recommend a RCI at the intersection with Olmsted County Road 3 and a modified RCI at Olmsted County Road 44. In addition, the 7th St. NW intersection median is recommended to be closed.

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