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Four pedestrians have been killed in as many months.
At least two of the four deaths were people who were crossing in the middle of the highway, as opposed to going to locations where there were signalized intersections and crosswalks (at night, no less). And if all of these incidents have happened within the last fourth months (the latest one just two weeks ago), then why would you expect MnDOT's long-range plans to be altered in response to them?
No...this road noes NOT need a ton of money dumped into it for pedestrian traffic. Look at a map. There are TWO crosswalks within a block of where this last person was hit. Its just pure stupidity and lazyness that these people are getting killed. I'm sorry, but if you are going to cross a road at a place where there is no cross walk, with traffic is going 60 mph and with a MARKED and SIGNALED crosswalk just a block away, I have a hard time to feel bad for you if you get hit.
Owatonnabill has traversed said stretch of roadway several times on the scooter. Sort of like a cross between the Olympic Giant Slalom and Steve McQueen fleeing the Nazis on a stolen motorcycle in The Great Escape. Minnesota has more than it's share of imbeciles but for some reason the vast majority of them seem to reside, or travel through, that particular area. Face it. Ya wanna work towards keeping bicycle and pedestrian deaths down up there? Answer is simple. Keep pedestrians and bicyclists OUT OF THERE. Reroute them. Install pedestrian bridges. Make jaywalking a crime punishable by 10 years in The Black Hole of Calcutta. Do whatever it takes. As long as pedestrians and bicyclists mix with automobile traffic anywhere said traffic is doing more than 30 mph, there's gonna be horrific injuries and fatalities. Maybe, given a long enough period of time, Natural Selection would weed out the true morons among us, but owatonnabill would prefer not to wait that long. Until that time, people will just keep on finding new ways to get themselves killed.
The solution is to NOT cross in the middle of highways -- go to the Crosswalks that were designated for that. Would not take a ton of money, just common sense.
The use of statistics in this case, is very telling of the editors' bias. There is mention of increases of "... 8.7 percent last year for bicyclists and 3 percent for pedestrians". However, there is no mention if there was an increase in total pedestrians and/or bicycle use. Was money spent in other areas that helped drop a death rate by 3 percent? Note the significant drop in total road deaths. Was some money spent on non-life essential things, that could have been spent on roads and road safety? This story really comes down to money. That is, where should the state spend it's limited (yes, limited) resources?
This highway basically dates from the 1940's with only minor modifications since then. It makes sense to reinvent it whether or not there's an emerging ped crash problem. It's been neglected for too long while other "priorities" get addressed.
highways like this shouls be rebuilt with an underground, laned, limited access freeway (exits entrances5-10 miles apart) with a 45 mph parkway on top. No snow problems on the freeway, and a pedestrian/bike/business friendly environment above. Bill G.
The underground tunnel could be lighted by advertising panels for the businesses above. Bill G.
There were 703,427 riders of the Northstar Commuter Rail during 2011. Divide that by 260 commuting days in the year and you have an average of 2,700 riders per commuting day. According to this opinion piece, Hwy 10 has 40,000 vehicles per commuting day. Which service is used more? (Both service the same commuting route.) Which service costs more? Perhaps if our limited money resources were spent on services in proportion to their actual use, Hwy 10 would be much safer than it currently is.
Is MNDOT also going to fix every other road where motorists have died due to congestion and poor design? Congestion makes drivers do stupid things that sometimes result in death.
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