Drivers, beware: Detours will affect the Mall of America area for almost two years

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 18, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Construction will help build the “South Loop” area.

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mattaudioApr. 17, 1310:39 PM

It's unfortunate that they're not moving the LRT station and main transit station to this area, between Lindau Lane and the current MOA north entrance. After all, the Bloomington street plan for this area will extend Lindau east of 28th Ave. And this location would be in the heart of the expanded mall rather than placing Minnesota's most-used transit station in the corner basement of a dungeonesque parking ramp. Finally, it would allow for easier interlining of future BRT and LRT routes such as West 7th St, American Blvd, etc.

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ronaronaApr. 17, 1310:40 PM

A plaza for a few years? Sounds ripe for being yet another opportunity for loitering around the MOA...

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markc1Apr. 18, 13 6:24 AM

We are lucky to have this mall, lots of other cities wish they had the space for a shopping mall like ours.

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elmi0001Apr. 18, 13 8:13 AM

a.) your city of Bloomington link does not work b.) your map is worthless; we know where Bloomington is. How about some effort into creating a real map that shows the affected areas? The dot on the map is to Bloomington City Hall off of 35W/98th Street. FAR from the MOA.

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busdriver37Apr. 18, 13 8:38 AM

The article states, "Those who access the mall on Lindau Lane from Hwy. 77 will now find that shortly after leaving the highway, they have to turn right toward Ikea or left into the mall." Umm, I go to the mall from Hwy 77 and if I exit at Lindau lane, it' is either LEFT to Ikea or RIGHT to the mall (or straight, which sounds like it will soon be closed.)

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teddygApr. 18, 13 8:59 AM

I always get a kick out of people who sing 'Ohohhh, we're sol lucky to have this mall.' Lady, luck had nothing to do with it. You bought and paid for this mall with your higher local sales taxes, with your income state taxes to fund all the roads that needed to be built there, and your metro-wide taxes to fund the light rail route that terminates there. Some luck.

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marathongirlApr. 18, 13 9:16 AM

"Lindau is being closed to lower the roadbed 20 feet so an enormous bridge can be built over the street. That bridge, which will be about 167 feet wide and 140 feet long, will act as a plaza for a few years but ultimately will be part of the base of an expected three-story addition to the mall." - They forgot to mention the $49M the state is fronting to pay for this road...while the mall I believe has yet to pay any property taxes...yet people complain about the Vikings stadium, that actually the state has less cost for that what was paid up front and in the 20 years since the mall was built...and most of what it provides is part-time, low paying jobs as well

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ryanjcoleApr. 18, 13 9:29 AM

@Marathongirl: You forgot to read. FTA: "Construction in the area over three years will cost about $49 million, including $15.45 million from the state and $33.5 million from local sources, including tax-increment financing by the mall." When is $15.45M == $49M? Just in the eyes of angry tax payers.

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nunswipeApr. 18, 1310:41 AM

The links don't work, but you can manually type the url in or copy and paste the text of the URL.

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mattaudioApr. 18, 1312:14 PM

Another point of clarification: "Lindau is being closed to lower the roadbed 20 feet so an enormous bridge can be built over the street." If the pavement is being lowered so cars can go at higher speeds between two points while pedestrians will be grade separated, Lindau is a road not a street. As it stands right now, it is a stroad, a hybrid which fails to be a good road and fails to be a good street, and is the most dangerous type of pavement in our country.

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