Report: Closing streets near Vikings stadium would disrupt Mpls. traffic

  • Article by: Tim Harlow , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 13, 2013 - 11:06 PM

Closing parts of Park and Portland Avenues to make way for a park near the new Vikings stadium would cause major traffic disruptions in that part of downtown, according to a new report.

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SqUaReD80Aug. 13, 13 9:32 PM

Um... duh? This was the first thing 99.9% of people thought when they saw the plan for that plaza/park. Unless you build a tunnel, or some walkways OVER the streets, it won't work. Who needed an expensive report to figure that out?

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geomplsAug. 13, 1310:34 PM

Before clicking on the comment (there was only one indicated), I was thinking the appropriate comment would be "duh." It's nice to know that I'm one of the 99.9%.

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dtmonkeyboyAug. 13, 1310:59 PM

Since both Park and Portland are currently closed over 94 without dire consequences, I think it is safe to say, traffice will adapt. In addition, response times from HCMC,any increase, but by clawing Park and Portland, ambulances will only have to go one additional block to Chicago. It isn't like a 10 minute delay. I say close the blocks...so it is like Central Park in NYC.

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kilofoxAug. 13, 1311:17 PM

I wonder how much they spent on this little gem. No kidding.....You close a street there will be traffic issues.

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DufferHAug. 14, 1312:00 AM

Donkeyboy: Do you want to be in that ambulance delayed by the street closings? As for NY's Central Park, evidently you've never been there. It wasn't just dropped in after traffic routes had been established like the plans for this one.

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hags22Aug. 14, 1312:36 AM

Dear Alternative Urban Areawide Review and Mitigation Plan, and the Hennepin county board, Feel free to cut and paste my commment for future use: Whenever there is road construction there may be disruption in traffic and possible public service vehicle routes. Your welcome, p.s. I accept check or cash for my extensive research

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romperroomAug. 14, 13 7:43 AM

donkeynuts: who said anything about "dire" consequences? Have you been on Chicago this summer? It's not just a 10 minute delay during peak usage - it's more like 30 and complete gridlock. And as for centralpark - I'm pretty sure they didn't create that to augment a millionaire's playground.

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ollie3Aug. 14, 13 8:15 AM

My guess is the committee behind this probably spent as much time coming up with the name "Alternative Urban Areawide Review and Mitigation Plan" as they did on the actual study.

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turgidAug. 14, 13 9:06 AM

They slowed things down considerably when they made 1st Ave and Hennepin 2-way streets, and I'm sure that has effected response times for emergency vehicles, too. IMO they should either close them or bury them. St Louis has a couple "park" blocks in the middle of downtown with main thoroughfares running thru them and there is nothing "park-like" about them. Do it right or don't do it.

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nmhoodAug. 14, 13 9:52 AM

Keeping streets open and having parks are not mutually exclusive. Look at satellite images of Chicago's Millennium Park. It's a great park that spans multiple blocks and it doesn't cutoff the traditional street grid. This is the route we ought to explore in Minneapolis

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