I-35E, I-35 work to slow south-metro drivers this summer

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Part of southbound 35E will be closed for a month to put in a new bridge. Other projects will affect 17 miles between Eagan and Elko. MnDOT will survey residents to find out how they will get around

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hmmmmm11Jan. 17, 13 8:09 PM

Well that sounds like fun...

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fiftyorsoJan. 17, 13 9:34 PM

Glad I left the cities! Pre-retirement in a rural area is the only way to go. Sold my 300 thousand house and wrote a 35 thousand check for this house. Life is great and my retirement account is looking even better! oh! and no traffic.

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reader2580Jan. 17, 13 9:35 PM

Ridiculous. Why do relatively small road projects have to result in months long lane closures? Can't they work 24x7 to get these done faster? It seems that road construction delays get worse and worse as the years go. I would certainly be willing to pay more gas tax if it meant all these minor projects could be done a lot faster. Put all the resources into one project so it gets done faster and then move on to the next project.

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elli445Jan. 17, 13 9:53 PM

reader2580, replacing a flyover bridge is a "minor project"? Doing it in one month is quite impressive, actually. It sounds like you know absolutely nothing about construction or engineering.

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WaterloverJan. 17, 1310:03 PM

Let me make sure I understand. They are closing 35E for a month and then reducing it to 1 lane until late fall. That's not good but the work needs to get done so we'll cope. Here's where I'm confused. The logical route that many people will take to avoid the congestion (35W) due to it being 1 lane is also going to have reduced lanes? Wow, you couldn't make up a much worse scenario if you tried. Nice planning, no wonder why people think MNDOT is inept.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 17, 1310:29 PM

Water lover...people think MNDOT is inept because our lawmakers underfund them which forces MNDOThave to compromise on both design an maintenance. We could do a better job on roads if we raised the gas tax, but the Republicans the south metro won't do that...so I guess they will suffer.

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olson123456Jan. 18, 13 4:17 AM

I live right in the middle of this area. Locals working in Eagan or St. Paul will probably use major east-west routes like Co. 46, Co. 42, 185th/Dodd, Co. 70 to connect to Cedar for daily commuting. There's never a good time to do this kind of work, but they need to do it. That flyover bridge on SB 35E is one of the most dangerous spots anywhere in MSP.

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huggybear28Jan. 18, 13 5:37 AM

dtmonkey, as a south metro republican I would agree to raise the gas tax (under the state constitution the gas tax money has to go to roads and bridges) in exchange for making transit riders pay at least 50% of the costs over the current 30%.

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nduncanJan. 18, 13 6:47 AM

Putting a fly over bridge is the best possible thing they can do for the area, traffic on 35E is backed up into Eagan because of the 35W / 35E junction & the Cedar av southbound 35E junction, anyone that has to driven that every day for the last 20+ years knowws it. This should of been done long ago. Wow and just think they are going be be messing with the County Rd 5 Hwy 13 interchange this summer too, not good for the South Metro Commuters, but when all done I am one will be a bit happier.

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ThegonagleJan. 18, 13 7:17 AM

The really fun one will be when they get around to replacing the tiny southbound 35W bridge over hwy 65 leading into downtown (the shoulderless two lane flyover just after the I94 common). Chaos!

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