MnDOT looks at reversing Cedar Avenue lane in Apple Valley, Eagan to relieve traffic congestion

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 11:20 PM

Metro’s first “zipper” lane on Cedar Avenue is a new approach.

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mnmojoFeb. 21, 1311:29 PM

Come on, expand the 2 lane stretch to 3 before trying gimmicky and temporary solutions.

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zyxwvuFeb. 22, 1312:07 AM

should have built 3 northbound lanes in the first place. Just build a third lane for goodness sake.

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ryan0290Feb. 22, 1312:59 AM

Oh no, we wouldn't want congestion in *'downtown' Apple Valley.

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skbmplsFeb. 22, 13 4:38 AM

Great! Does this mean that the DOT will finally place a ramp meter at the cedar to east bound crosstown ramp to ensure some the terrible 15-20 mph flow on east bound traffic? I called the traffic management center regarding this issue 10 years ago - & was told by the director that there were no plans to install ramp meter - even though 34th ave , 28th ave, Portland ave ramps ALL have meters to ensure the modest flow of east bound crosstown traffic. The director also mentioned that he used the Cedar > east bound crosstown ramp every morning on his way to work. Pathetic!

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i35splitFeb. 22, 13 5:35 AM

Until you fix the two bottlenecks the gimmicks are not going to work. mNDot spent $20 million on Burnsville MNPASS, selling us with the notion that it will ease congestion. IT DID NOT because they didn't fix the 35W river bridge/Cliff Road bottleneck.

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muscrat99Feb. 22, 13 5:54 AM

Not a good idea. I agree with mnmojo, expand to three lanes.

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suburbsguyFeb. 22, 13 7:49 AM

The longer you wait the more expensive it becomes. Add the third lane and be done with it.

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peoplewatchrFeb. 22, 13 7:49 AM

Hmmmmm.....let's see where we can waste some more taxpayers $$$ on a study that shows the DOT screwed up to begin with. Cedar is wider in southern Lakeville than it is in Eagan where all the traffic is. Brilliant planning by MnDot!

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nivek123Feb. 22, 13 7:55 AM

I never understood why back in 1982 when it was built they only put two northbound lanes. I guess thats our DOT planning hard at work.

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faustusFeb. 22, 13 8:12 AM

I worked in downtown Minneapolis for years and never had a problem with the traffic. Minnesota Valley Transit has many convenient park-and-rides south of the river, and the buses are much more comfortable than the standard MTC city buses. Burnsville transit station has buses leaving for downtown every 10 minutes in the morning, out of downtown every 10 minutes in the evening. Someone else drivers, and you get a 35 to 40 minute nap, or time to start your work day on your laptop.

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