Experts say more I-94 lanes from Twin Cities to St. Cloud not best fix for congestion headache

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: October 13, 2013 - 3:40 PM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Solving chronic traffic congestion on Interstate 94 between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud is not likely to be as simple as adding additional lanes.

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WHIMSEYOct. 13, 13 1:49 PM

A managed lane is an additional lane so you would still be adding to the problem as the experts state but wait; this lane would not add to the congestion because in truth it's a TOLL lane? Just like the stretch of 494 between Plymouth and Maple Grove. It should have been 3 lanes from the get go but no that would have made to much sense. But gee if we put in toll lanes the experts then say that too makes sense. Who is kidding who?

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liberaleliteOct. 13, 13 1:59 PM

Glad some sense is being brought into this. Other than peak hours, 94 is fine between Maple Grove and St. Cloud. Adding lanes would simply induce more demand for lane miles since it would subsidize longer vehicular trips.

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april24Oct. 13, 13 2:01 PM

B.S. They are basically saying "we don't want to pay for another lane." I'm all for Northstar going up to St. Cloud but that and "other transit options" will not fix the problem. If there are additional chokepoints then add the lane and fix the chokepoints. Just do it right. The Twin Cities is going to continue to expand to St. Cloud until St. Cloud is eventually an exurb of the TC's. Do it and do it right because it will never be as economical as it is now.

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brightonjimOct. 13, 13 2:16 PM

Like you couldn't see this response coming. Adding a third lane from Rogers, where it currently ends, all the way St. Cloud is clearly the best option. Can someone please explain why the so-called experts always seem so resistent to what seems obvious? How will more lanes dump more traffic into the system? It's underbuilt for the capacity it has now. How can expanding NOT improve it?

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sfod93Oct. 13, 13 2:19 PM

Should have been 3 lanes from the start! No other transit option is going to fix an interstate issue. The more people have move further from population centers, the more need for improved transportation access. Rail has failed.

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joe_mnOct. 13, 13 2:43 PM

494 thru plymouth is not 3 lane. i will pay my share. right now. where do i send the check

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ralph6767Oct. 13, 13 2:44 PM

This is idiotic. 94 badly needs a third lane to SC in addition to Northstar to meet future needs. Sure, building a bigger highway will result in more traffic simply because more people will find it a better option. The real question is how to fund it. Projects like this are expensive and until people agree to raise the gas tax another nickel or dime they will not happen.

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Rob7304Oct. 13, 13 3:04 PM

Less is more they tell us! Amazing. Yes, it is amazing how much dumber we have become as a country compared to the 50's and 60's. The interstate freeway system wouldn't even be built if it was up to today's politicians, (but sports stadiums are no problem). Just as our northern MN mines would not be developed in today's world. On 2nd thought, the extra lanes need to be built all the way to ND, as that is where the jobs are. No additional exit ramps needed in St. Cloud. No jobs there, (except restaurant and retail).

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bellamn16Oct. 13, 13 3:23 PM

So because 5 miles in the metro would be negatively affected by the third lane, they would rather maintain the congestion from St. Cloud to Rogers? And that congestion is NOT during rush hour like one poster believes. It has slowed bottlenecks all day, every day, except overnight hours. And the weekends are the worst of all!

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vampress_meOct. 13, 13 3:25 PM

"Experts say it's more practical to consider multiple fixes. Possibilities include ... a managed lane that shifts costs to motorists." So, they say adding a lane is not a fix that will work, but are they then proposing to take one existing lane away to make into a managed lane? Either way, idiotic idea from "experts".

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