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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby mattaudio » April 29th, 2016, 10:34 am

We had an official open house for the 46th Street project (east of 35W) at last night's FRNNG Annual Meeting. The county displayed their striping concept, which was largely the same as the neighborhood-drawn concept. The county's version should be on the Hennepin site within a day or two. http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transp ... /46-street

Feedback continues to be very positive, and we will be adopting a resolution in support of this proposal at our May meeting.

On the west side of 35W, Nicollet Ave was the main sticking point especially with Metro Transit. There were some minor striping adjustments that seem to have taken care of Metro Transit's concerns, and which would allow for motorists to sneak around buses are stopped at the bus stops along 46th Street at Nicollet. Supposedly modeling is still going on regarding this summer's restriping of Nicollet Ave through this stretch, and they are not yet sure if they will propose a four or three lane profile for Nicollet through the 46th Street intersection. Some people at last night's meeting made comments expressing disappointment that two blocks around Grand and 46th will have sharrows, which will be to preserve parking on both sides of 46th Street near that business node.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby Nick » April 29th, 2016, 8:05 pm

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby mattaudio » May 11th, 2016, 2:24 pm

Disappointed that MnDOT picked a Four Lane Death Road configuration for the rebuild of Hwy 23 through West Duluth (south of I-35).
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/ ... Layout.pdf

This would be the perfect place for a three lane profile, adding some on-street parking or more buffer to sidewalk/bike lanes.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby froggie » May 12th, 2016, 7:48 am

Have you ever been up there, Matt? There's very little that fronts onto Grand Ave (Hwy 23) itself, so on-street parking wouldn't really work. It would effectively function as a shoulder. A good chunk of the corridor lacks development immediately adjacent to the road. It should also be noted that the Munger State Trail parallels much of the corridor, albeit without very many access points.

Not saying that a 4-lane undivided configuration was the right way to go...just pointing out that one of your ideas wouldn't really work, either.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby mattaudio » May 12th, 2016, 8:56 am

Yes I've actually had a fascination with that area (due to its ridiculous "affordability" and decent bones) and have driven/walked/biked along it many times. All the little nodes except Morgan Park - West Duluth, Norton Park, Riverside Park, Smithville Park, Gary, New Duluth, and Fond Du Lac - use Hwy 23 (Grand Avenue) as their main drag. At least half of those have "traditional development pattern" right up against the street.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby Mdcastle » May 12th, 2016, 9:24 am

Are people in this area used to parallel parking, or is this one of the areas where most people haven't done it since their drivers test and would refuse to or even have no idea how to do it now. I can't help but think that's one of the reasons (besides fitting more cars in) that they put diagonal parking in on Penn-American.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby xandrex » May 12th, 2016, 10:13 am

Parallel parking just isn't a thing in Duluth. Most people park in a garage/driveway/parking lot at their home and then are either in a parking lot, ramp, or diagonal street parking at their location. There aren't even that many neighborhoods where street parking is tight.

While the 4-lane profile isn't a winner, it's not for the safety reasons mentioned. As someone who used to drive Grand Avenue/Hwy 23 about 3-5 times a week, typical concerns about 4-lane roads aren't an issue: The road has huge stretches of wooded—even rural—areas, very little turning (traffic always seemed to flow from a node to Duluth or vice versa...not much reason to go from node to node given the lack of amenities) and traffic is light. If anything, they could have whittled this down to a two-lane road for much of it with LTL popping up at the various nodes. This is really just a waste of asphalt, TBH.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby mattaudio » May 27th, 2016, 12:50 pm

DanB wrote:Daudt is apparently willing to add transit provision to bonding bill if
http://www.wctrib.com/news/local/404209 ... nding-bill
Wow, the centerpiece of that article is a $50-70,000,000 project to DOUBLE CAPACITY on Hwy 23 in rural MN, a section of highway which sees 5,600 vehicles per day. In what world do people think that's a good use of funding?

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby UrsusUrbanicus » May 27th, 2016, 1:02 pm

mattaudio wrote:Wow, the centerpiece of that article is a $50-70,000,000 project to DOUBLE CAPACITY on Hwy 23 in rural MN, a section of highway which sees 5,600 vehicles per day. In what world do people think that's a good use of funding?
You're right -- that's pretty egregious. It's extreme cases like these that confirm my suspicion that transportation funding, and other urban/rural conflicts, aren't really about funding so much as about sociology. It may be an objectively ridiculous use of $70 million, but at least that's $70 million that won't be going to those City People (read: whichever dog whistle might happen to be in play at the moment).

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby RailBaronYarr » May 27th, 2016, 1:22 pm

Just remember, when it comes to transportation investments, we all do better when we all do better. Just like when 35W was built in the place of evicted low-income residents.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Mdcastle » May 27th, 2016, 2:56 pm

There's something to be said for closing the glaring gaps in our expressway network even if the raw traffic counts don't merit it. (See the new MN 60 expressway which has about 5,000 a day) It creates a cohesive system, encourages commerce, and increases safety on these routes that tend to have heavy truck traffic (and it sounds like there's a serious safety issue on this road. Let's stop the Minnesota Massacre!).

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby nBode » May 27th, 2016, 4:07 pm

If safety is an issue, we should be doing everything we can to get people out of cars.

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Re: Southwest LRT (Green Line Extension)

Postby Mdcastle » May 27th, 2016, 4:50 pm

Sounds like a great place for a light rail and freight rail line to give people an alternatives to driving trucks and single occupant cars along the corridor an option. A lot cheaper than $50-$70 million to make the road safe and efficient.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby EOst » June 9th, 2016, 6:53 am

They're painting (or have painted) new zebra-style crosswalks on Franklin Ave between 11th (at least?) and Hiawatha. The markings at 11th and Franklin are basically complete in all four directions.

Anyone know anything about this project?

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby RailBaronYarr » June 9th, 2016, 8:30 am

I'm not sure if it's part of it, but the city is working on a crosswalk marking framework as part of the negotiation between it and the county for striping needs. It's putting more emphasis on full zebras with a 10' back stop bar, with way more durable markings, particularly on county road crossings. I didn't think the framework was done yet, but maybe it is (or, the county is just doing it to the design specs ahead of time?).

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby mister.shoes » June 9th, 2016, 10:12 am

Does that mean we might see more zebras and fewer low-vis parallel lines? We went downtown via Park (and back via Portland) to get ice cream at Izzy's and walk along the river. Somewhere—and I can't remember where—we crossed dual green + white zebras and I was super impressed at how visible they were. Those are exactly the types of markings I'd love to see along the creek and other high-traffic trails in MPLS (if not everywhere).
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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby EOst » June 14th, 2016, 11:10 am

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Looks like they're moving west from Hiawatha. I saw prep work for these as far west as Park.

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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby mister.shoes » June 14th, 2016, 1:10 pm

Those are great. Except...let's have a talk with public works about lining shit up. /ocd
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Re: Street, Road and Highway Projects

Postby FISHMANPET » June 14th, 2016, 1:13 pm

Does 11th change size as it goes through Franklin? Those boxes would need to be at an angle to stay X feet away from the outside curb.


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