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by Mdcastle
April 23rd, 2013, 5:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 27071

Re: Interstate 94

I agree MN 252 and Cedar should be freeways, but you can thank the city of Brooklyn Center for the former, and the city of Apple Valley for the later. Brooklyn Center wouldn't allow interchanges to be put in because they wanted land to develop to add to their tax base around the signals. Cedar there...
by Mdcastle
April 23rd, 2013, 9:00 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: St. Croix River Crossing
Replies: 197
Views: 30409

Re: St. Croix River Crossing

I guess we'll agree to disagree then. The $700 million figure every tosses around comes from rounding up the high estimate for the total project cost, not the Minnesota share, and not factoring in the costs of not building it. We can let the Wisconsinites deal with how to connect the freeway on thei...
by Mdcastle
April 23rd, 2013, 8:09 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: St. Croix River Crossing
Replies: 197
Views: 30409

Re: St. Croix River Crossing

The anti-car people shouldn't get their hopes up. I read the actual complaint, and what they're asking for is to halt work on the approach road on the Minnesota side until they are either awarded the contract or the contract is rebid. It doesn't affect any other part of the project, including the ot...
by Mdcastle
April 23rd, 2013, 6:57 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: St. Croix River Crossing
Replies: 197
Views: 30409

Re: St. Croix River Crossing

Mn/DOT decided to take the second lowest bidder for the Minnesota approach roads (which is 100% Minnesota money) because the lowest bidder didn't employ enough women and minorities. This act of political correctness will cost $6 million.
by Mdcastle
April 23rd, 2013, 6:19 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 27071

Re: Interstate 94

Or so people from Wisconsin (and Minnesota) have an easier time traveling to Chicago, which I do about twice a year. Developing a third route along US 12 and IL 53 has been progressing in fits and starts through most of our lifetimes, but won't be done any of our lifetimes, if every. It looks like a...
by Mdcastle
April 22nd, 2013, 7:05 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 27071

Re: Interstate 94

As a side note, Wisconsin has firm plans to expand I-39 / I-90 to 6 lanes between Illinois and Madison, this is a freeway that carries similar traffic volumes to I-94 to St. Cloud. The first phase of the project, rebuilding an interchange in the Janesville are, is getting underway in a few weeks. Th...
by Mdcastle
April 22nd, 2013, 2:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Interstate 94
Replies: 166
Views: 27071

Re: Interstate 94

I don't disagree that I-94 needs more lanes, and there's a pork barrel bill that would provide $30 million in bonds to add a lane from MN 101 to MN 241, but if we're going to invest in meaningful highway expansion we need to fix the overall funding situation, not provide pork for pet projects here a...
by Mdcastle
April 21st, 2013, 3:32 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Nicollet Mall
Replies: 1383
Views: 168093

Re: Nicollet Mall

Can someone refresh me as to what was so wrong with it before the last redo?
by Mdcastle
April 20th, 2013, 6:41 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 807
Views: 96019

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT)

The merge area between the east US 61 ramps and the west English street ramps will be well below standards, and the weave at the cloverleafs will remain, Mn/DOT had a design that didn't create problem 1 and fixed problem 2, it would have taken out two of the cloverleafs and combined the two intercha...
by Mdcastle
April 19th, 2013, 8:42 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Orange Line / 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project
Replies: 807
Views: 96019

Re: Orange Line (35W BRT)

I believe Mn/DOT has shut up about moving the ramps to 38th because of neighborhood opposition. FWIW the original early 1990s plan (which included light rail and would have taken out a row of houses west of the freeway) kept the ramps at 35/36th but braided them to eliminate that nasty weave. Even b...
by Mdcastle
April 19th, 2013, 8:06 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Street, Road and Highway Projects
Replies: 978
Views: 135404

Re: Street, Road, and Highway Projects

Scott County has butted heads with the met council before about transportation priorities so I'm now surprised they wanted a freeway, as for US 169 I'm thinking the long term idea might be for a HOT shoulder during peak periods, like I-35W approaching downtown. I don't agree with stealing safety sho...
by Mdcastle
April 6th, 2013, 6:30 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - North, Northeast, and Southeast / University of Minnesota
Topic: University of Minnesota - General Topics
Replies: 559
Views: 102092

Re: Current University of Minnesota Projects

I was driving by the U today and I noticed all the student housing projects going up. So I'm wondering why the need? Are more students wanting to stay in the area as opposed to driving? Can the U dorms not accommodate all the people that want to stay on campus? Are the U dorms unattractive to todays...
by Mdcastle
April 5th, 2013, 2:31 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Walker Library
Replies: 153
Views: 28613

Re: Walker Library

It would be interesting to do an origin / destination study to find out where the traffic is coming from. My bet is a lot of it is traffic from outside of the area that's heading to point southeast that's cutting through on surface streets because they Lowry Tunnel and I-394 are such disasters at ru...
by Mdcastle
April 4th, 2013, 7:09 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Walker Library
Replies: 153
Views: 28613

Re: Walker Library

If there's enough pedestrians that they're competing with right turning cars it might not be a bad thing to have a an exclusive pedestrian phase, followed by a green right turn arrow in tandem with the green through movement. I'm not aware of any exclusive ped phases in the metro, but if a controlle...
by Mdcastle
April 3rd, 2013, 2:39 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Target Campus - Brooklyn Park
Replies: 61
Views: 9054

Re: Target Campus - Brooklyn Park

Is that a lot for your industry? My office downtown has been averaging at least 50 per opening the past few years It might be more like that now. I was told this years ago, probably 2006 or so. Because it's in the healthcare industry a lot of people probably think they're unqualified if they're not...
by Mdcastle
April 3rd, 2013, 7:06 am
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Target Campus - Brooklyn Park
Replies: 61
Views: 9054

Re: Target Campus - Brooklyn Park

I don't think most people can be fussy about where they want a job now days. As much as I hate going downtown I'd work there if that was were my job was. I'd even drive to Brooklyn Park from my house in east Bloomington I had to. I work for a huge company that has a very suburban campus with nothing...
by Mdcastle
April 1st, 2013, 3:56 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley
Replies: 11
Views: 1761

Re: Minnesota Zoo - Apple Valley

I gave up on the "New Zoo" back in 1992 because it was too boring (and expensive), and is sounds like nothing has changed. I want to see Lions and Tigers and Bears (and Giraffes), etc, not the same animal that was raiding my garbage cans last night that may or may not be hiding somewhere way in the ...
by Mdcastle
March 30th, 2013, 5:12 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lake & Nicollet Redevelopment (Kmart site)
Replies: 413
Views: 81103

Re: Lake & Nicollet

Thought I'd address the issue of countdown pedestrian lights that someone mentioned in a previous post. Any new pedestrian signals have to be the countdown type, so that's a given. The reason why you see so few of them on existing lights in Minneapolis compared to the suburbs is that the countdown m...
by Mdcastle
March 28th, 2013, 6:22 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Hennepin & Lyndale Bottleneck Project
Replies: 306
Views: 29889

Re: The Virginia Triangle (Hennepin & Lyndale Bottleneck)

9.1 million doesn't buy a lot more than new pavement nowdays. One thing I see discussed various places is making traffic signal improvements to benefit pedestrians- leading ped phases, giving a Walk if there are no conflicting vehicle phases, etc. The problem is Minneapolis has a lot of extremely ol...
by Mdcastle
March 27th, 2013, 7:06 pm
Forum: Suburbs
Topic: Suburbs - General Topics
Replies: 1033
Views: 136668

Re: General Suburb News

I don't have a philosophical reason, just that I like a house with a yard and want to be able to drive alone without being stuck in traffic and would like other people to have the choice. Although I ride trains I haven't been on a public bus in 25 years, but I do support having a bus system for thos...

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