Drivers, meet the diverging diamond coming to Bloomington

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 9:47 AM

Experts assure motorists the new interchange in the works at Interstate 494 and 34th Avenue is much easier to navigate than looks suggest.

  • 22
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
daveparkJul. 6, 13 7:05 AM

Anything has to be better than the monstrosity they built to get from south bound 169 to west 494..

14
1
johnmplsJul. 6, 13 7:33 AM

"Drivers should just follow the lanes, which will be marked with small stripes to direct the unsure." ... Too bad the folks who decided this have never driven in a MN winter.....

31
2
wiseoracleJul. 6, 13 8:35 AM

If "heavy traffic on some ramps has been backing up onto the freeway" is the problem you are trying to solve.... can't you fix this by changing the timing of the existing lights during peak periods? The only solution is to tear out the intersection, and rebuild?? As someone else aluded to... i hope this isn't being championed by the same brains that did the 494\169 debacle. (that interchange has be reworked multiple times, and great cost, and *still* backs up each day!) And it has a great safety record.... even tho theres only one or two operational today!? Studies show, that you can find studies to support anything you want to go ahead and do anyway. These may have some merit... but i think closer auditing of these decisions is in order. p.s. Don't get me started about my miserable zipper merge experience the other day!!!

8
10
unionsrockJul. 6, 13 8:36 AM

Hopefully they learned something from the fiasco MnDoT built for the US169/I494 interchange. Going from east I494 to south US169 is a joke during heavy traffic for both southbound US169 and traffic merging from I494 from either direction.

13
1
pitythefoolsJul. 6, 13 9:18 AM

Who's kidding whom? MN drivers can't even handle a simple merge.

23
3
OldYellarJul. 6, 13 9:46 AM

Wow... There is going to be a major accident right where X marks the spot. And there's two Xs. Last time I saw a double cross like this it was on a toy road race car track. There were always crashes at the X. Hopefully it won't be me though because I read the S&T article and looked at the diagram.

7
10
bizsmithJul. 6, 1310:00 AM

Looks like half the time one would feel like he is on the wrong side of the road. It's sort of like when Sweden drove on the left and at the Norway border there was an X to cross over.

6
0
djs185Jul. 6, 1310:00 AM

These should have been implimented years ago, but then we would of been concidered proactive. But then AGAIN let some others show us first!

7
3
corruptJul. 6, 1310:13 AM

BFD. There are still two sets of stop lights and you will still cross the LRT tracks. But, if you are lost on 494 the U-turn is awesome. Should be fun to watch out-of-towners from terminal 2. Over-engineering comes to mind.

13
5
lindawilkinsonJul. 6, 1311:44 AM

OMG! This idea is ridiculous at this intersection, the area where traffic backs up is at 24th not 34th! That is the area where HWY 5 & 494 come together and one of the most dangerous areas to try and merge when you are traveling west on 494. Whoever decided this has obviously not driven this during rush hour or on weekends when the MOA is busy.

6
3

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT