I-694 construction project, Day 2: Not carmageddon

  • Article by: Lydia Coutre , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 10:32 AM

Commuters feared gridlock in preparation for construction that has narrowed the freeway to two lanes in each direction.

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cGeeJun. 19, 13 9:28 PM

Uh...Not carmageddon? Somebody didn't account for this afternoon's parking lot on northbound Hwy 100 from 694 down to Glenwood! I'm glad I was heading southbound!

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DufferHJun. 19, 13 9:46 PM

Why can't MnDot, which is so good at messing up metro driving, offer some alternative routes?

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jeffreyacJun. 19, 1310:35 PM

DOES NOT MATTER GIVE THESE IDIOTS 4 LANES AND THEY WILL STILL JAM THEM UP, SOME OF THE VERY WORST DRIVERS LIVE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, THEY ALL COMPLAIN AND MOST OF THEM ARE THE PROBLEM, I FIND MY OWN ALTERNATE ROUTES AND AVOID THE CIRCUS OF POOR DRIVERS!

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mjohnson2469Jun. 20, 13 7:54 AM

This is just another example of the poor planning, and even worse execution on behalf of MNDot. The MNDot way is to start 100 projects simultaneously, and then spread their workers across the projects. Now that's if you can call them "work"ers. How many times do you find yourself sitting in traffic in a construction zone and 2 or 3 people are working, the rest standing around, talking, learning on a tool? Take a look next time, it's alarming. It also isn't just a break, I went the opposite way on the freeway an hour later and the SAME PEOPLE were doing the same thing, except now one of the guys digging had stopped working and joined the conversation. Great use of our tax dollars.

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reader2580Jun. 20, 13 8:07 AM

There is no good alternate route to 694 in that area. 610 and 694 are the only major highways with river crossings in the area. It isn't a full closure so no detour is offered. Unfortunately, roads need repair from time to time. At least it isn't asphalt that has to be done every 5 to 7 years. I really wish MNDOT would spend more on major projects like these to not have them last five months. 24x7 work with enough workers could probably have it done in a month.

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wagn0404Jun. 20, 13 8:11 AM

Methinks the Star Tribune was over-hyping the gridlock a bit much.

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mattsocaJun. 20, 13 8:15 AM

cGee: Totally agree with you! I was one of the poor fools caught on Hwy 100 northbound. Took me over an HOUR in 4 o'clock traffic just to reach 694. I've got to question MnDOT's approach on this one. More importantly, it highlights how dependent we are on the lanes we already have -- and with traffic growing each and every year, I'm at a loss to see how MnDot plans to deal with it. Anybody look at their posted transportation plan? What a joke. I swear, hwy 169 will get it's 4th (or is it 5th?) round of construction in the south metro before 694 gets another lane.

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godiveJun. 20, 13 8:47 AM

I also was caught on 100 north in the afternoon. after 20 minutes on 100 I took 81 north to go to 169 and guess what. That was under construction and down to 1 lane and I sat another 20 minutes. Don't you think MNDOT could plan better than this.

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suefranpatJun. 20, 13 9:22 AM

I hope we're not going to get daily updates for the next 5 months.

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DanielleKJun. 20, 13 9:45 AM

Let's judge this in a week, not two days! My husband sat and sat on 81 yesterday, as he tried to avoid 94/694 into downtown. For those of us in the NW metro, the road closures, lane closures, and road construction this year are worse than I can ever remember!

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