Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 33 RCI

Carlton County

Traffic impacts

Construction on an RCUT at the intersection of Hwy 33 and Gillette Road in Cloquet will begin on August 1.  Work will close access from Gillette Road to Hwy 33. Motorists can expect daytime lane and shoulder closures during the project. Access to Gillette Road and Frontage Road will be via the signal 1/4 mile north. Expect delays during peak travel times.

About this project

A rendering of the Hwy 33 RCUT project.

Graphic of completed RCI. Click image to enlarge.

Installation of a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI).

Note: Due to challenging existing conditions and anticipated future traffic movements, a median U-turn will not be provided south of the intersection as is in a typical Restricted Crossing U-turn (RCUT). Vehicles exiting Gillette Road at its southern terminus and wishing to travel northbound on MN 33 will need to utilize the existing roundabout 1/2 mile to the south. Vehicles may also travel north on Gillette Road to the next intersection to avoid this extra travel distance.

For more information on what an RCI is, please click here.

Location of the Hwy 33 RCUT project.

Map of project location. Click image to enlarge.


Virtual public meeting

MnDOT hosted a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, to discuss the proposed RCI at the south intersection of Hwy 33 and Gillette Road in Cloquet. A recording of the meeting is below. A link to the video mentioned in the meeting can be found here.