Longer and later river crests are on their way

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH and TARYN WOBBEMA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 25, 2011 - 8:51 PM

Latest flood predictions foresee high water starting relatively late and lasting through April.

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efrik1Mar. 25, 11 8:39 AM

Hope the extra lanes help because that ramp is backed up to Eden Prairie normally. Just a mess.

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medvezhonokMar. 25, 11 8:44 AM

The motorists are looking at delays every day going over the 169 bridge at the Minnesota river. I look out my wliving room window and see it every day. If the DOT would not have the bottle neck at Old Shakopee Road and 169 south bound where it goes from 3 lanes to 2lanes then back to 4 lanes, they would not have an emergency now.

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bschurbMar. 25, 11 8:48 AM

Why don't they just make these changes a permanent fix? God knows 169 is a nightmare on a "normal" day!

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mvorceMar. 25, 11 8:49 AM

Why wouldn't they leave the extra lanes after the flooding?

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AnondsonMar. 25, 11 8:54 AM

This could result in a few outcomes long term. 1, the extra lane will provide such wonderful relief that they will be kept even after the emergency (like was done on I94 after the 35W bridge was back). 2, accelerate reconstruction of 41 as a flood-safe crossing. 3, increase in-metro vs. out-metro animosity because in-metro legislators will block constructing flood-safe crossings because of some "anti-sprawl" ideology.

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mn_wild_fanMar. 25, 11 8:55 AM

"An already busy stretch of highway in the southwest metro for commuters is being temporarily reconfigured..." I guess that it's just not quite busy enough to justify adding another bridge (or at least a higher one) somewhere west of the 169 bridge so that we don't have to potentially deal with this on an annual basis.

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tietacMar. 25, 11 8:58 AM

When this road [169]was built a few years ago, why wasn't it built correctly? I remember some political games being played with the definition of "freeway" so it was designed with a few lights to avoid the defiition. More government foolishness in action.

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tietacMar. 25, 11 9:02 AM

When I35 was being rebuilt, additional lanes were built on the "old" part of highway 100. While the lanes were sold as being temporary, they are now such a nice addition, they will remain. Come on MnDOT, get with the program.

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beerguyMar. 25, 11 9:11 AM

When is the bottle neck at 169 and 494 going to be rebuilt? I thought funding had been approved.

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liberaleliteMar. 25, 11 9:14 AM

Let's just make sure it DOES return to the normal lane striping when it is done, unlike on 94 between Downtown and 280. That section has lanes that are narrower than FHWA standards and they are dangerous.

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