Costs released for three MnPass lane options on Cedar Avenue

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 5:16 PM

There are three ways to build a MnPass lane on Cedar Avenue between Apple Valley and Bloomington. The most expensive would be a “zipper” lane.

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honeybooSep. 14, 13 5:17 PM

Lets do another Lexus Lane because the one on 394 doesn't lose enough money or reduce congestion either. Brilliant, MNDot.

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regorrSep. 14, 13 5:52 PM

Hilarious. The Cedar Avenue Red Line budget was $112 million, involved three years of construction, resulted in no added traffic lanes and buses driving on the shoulder. After all that the way to deal with congestion is to add a traffic lane! Brilliant!

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gregmalSep. 14, 13 6:13 PM

Who in the heck thinks this is a good idea? I think they need some new people at the Dept of Transportation. Why is it nobody there ever thinks that the best way to relieve congestion is to add more lanes??? NOT more tax revenues!

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minneg56Sep. 14, 13 6:57 PM

... and people complain about light rail as a waste of money ...

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jbpaperSep. 14, 13 7:59 PM

They can add all the MNpass lanes they want and it's not going to do a bit of good if they don't do anything about hwy 62 (crosstown). Cedar isn't backed up because of the number of lanes, it's backed up because so many vehicles are trying to get onto hwy 62 West, which is already backed up. Widening 62 to four lanes between Cedar and 35W with a two lane ramp would help a lot more than the MNpass lane. Proof of this is that the backups are not as bad during the afternoon commute.

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reader2580Sep. 14, 13 9:17 PM

Quit using shoulders for driving lanes! Shoulders are supposed to be a place to pull your vehicle over if you are unfortunate enough to break down on a highway. I35W north into downtown has no shoulder due to the MNPASS lane added there. If MNDOT is going to add MNPASS lanes they need to actually add a traffic lane to the highway instead of converting shoulders to traffic lanes. It would be better for any additional lanes to be general use instead of MNPASS anyhow.

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Leone024Sep. 14, 1311:05 PM

I think the photo shows how effective this idea is- dedicate 1 lane as a HOV lane and back up 99% of the traffic. Brilliant!

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MarkMN55123Sep. 15, 13 7:48 PM

I don't think you can separate the new BRT Red Line from this discussion. We went through months of construction, and I don't see the benefit: 1. There's a lack of "Rapid" in the Bus Rapid Transit. The buses should be controlling the signals and I have yet to see this happen. They should do it full-time to advertise the advantage of the BRT. 2. For all the construction, they still left Cedar to two lanes north of 140th Street. In fact, what we need is 77 to be widened all the way past the bridge. This BEFORE any MNPass lanes. 3. The BRT should be a TRUE BRT, with dedicated lanes (not shoulders). There's really no difference from the current MVTA buses. 4. Who chose the site for the Cedar Grove Station? That was a major fail. The buses have to exit at Diffley to get to the station. A new station next to Cedar needs to be constructed with a walkway to the parking lot. Once new lanes are added (for both the BRT and traffic), then and only then should the discussion turn to adding diamond lanes.

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i35splitSep. 18, 13 9:31 PM

Once you have MNPASS you have state patrol pulling over violators = gawker delay. We have this daily on i35. MNPASS didn't relieve congestion on 35.

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