Roads still awful; officials continue to advise no driving

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 6:42 AM

Metro area drivers will continue to face ice-covered highways through Sunday and possibly into Monday as plunging temperatures counteract the heavy doses of road salt and slow the melt.

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msfb99Feb. 22, 1411:11 AM

Time to stay inside and get fat

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wallfatzFeb. 22, 1411:48 AM

Last night I landed at MSP at about 9pm and drove home to Fridley. It took about 90 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes. I have never seen anything like it. Lowry tunnel blocked by trucks that couldn't make it up the hill due to ice. Same thing on 35W south just past the commons - trucks couldn't get up the icy hill. Same thing on the uphill curve going into the commons just south of the river. Trucks just sitting there unable to move, and cars trying to slice their way through, spinning wheels. I exited Johnson St exit because I wanted to get off the freeway to have more options. There were six cars backing down the off ramp because they got stuck going up hill at the light. Same thing at every stoplight going up Johhnson St. All this while driving on a sheet of washboard ice all the way home. Bottom line - if you are not experienced at driving in snow, stay home. Inexperienced (or just bad) drivers are capable of creating some major problems and these are the worst of the year and probably the millenium.

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bluedevil101Feb. 22, 1411:53 AM

Blaming the drivers for these problems is wrong headed. I also understand that MDOT can only do so much, but as of last night, other than clearing the snow, I don't think much had been done. No salt or sand, nothing. So, yesterday's sun was wasted in most areas. Hats off the City of Minnetonka in clearing Minnetonka Blvd and Shady Oak Road. These roads were dry and clear by 5 PM last night. Where are the other agencies that are to be serving the public?

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comment229Feb. 22, 1412:07 PM

How hard was the snow? I bent part of the auger on my snow blower, and had to use a dirt spade to dig through some of the snow/ice the plows piled in my driveway. I finally gave up, tossed a bunch of ice bite on the problem areas, and went in to enjoy a hot beverage. If I had a white flag, I would have flown it.

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nanettepFeb. 22, 1412:15 PM

How hard is it? It's not safe to drive, don't go out unless you have to? I have no desire to drive on terrible roads or with terrible drivers. It's really not that much of a hardship to stay home for a couple days while the mess gets cleaned up. I know not everyone has that option, but if you do, just stay home!

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herby2013Feb. 22, 1412:28 PM

Out here in the suburbs where we pay much lower taxes than in Minneapolis or St. Paul and have much better schools and city services and much lower crime, our residential roads were plowed 3 times before Minneapolis residential streets were even plowed once. The snow plow came by 10:30 PM the night of the snow storm, again sometime after 5 AM, and then once more for clean-up (after I cleared the driveway--GRRR!). Our residential roads in the suburbs are in great shape. You Minneapolis residents should pay more taxes. After all, that is what you voted for. Good thing you elected a socialist mayor. hahahaha

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aardvark878Feb. 22, 1412:32 PM

It's a good day for snowshoeing in the back yard and napping. I'm worn out from fighting to keep my driveway clear. No way am I going out on those roads this weekend. In any case, I'm well stocked for hot chocolate. What more do you need?

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twinkie1Feb. 22, 1412:39 PM

I think the Stribune gets a kick out of stirring up the Snow Emergency problem. Hey, it doesn't change the fact that if you wanna leave your vehicle on a snow emergecy route and flaunt the law, then you will have to suck it up and pay the piper. Everyone knows it. Perhaps, some jail time should be included with those hefty fines for breaking the law.

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crystalbayFeb. 22, 1412:52 PM

Yesterday, I trudged out into snow which came to my mid-thighs in order to find the highest drift. I took a broom with me to measure it and the entire thing disappeared into the snow. My front door was blocked by two feet of snow, so I had to push my way out of a side door in order to make it to the front door and shovel it out. In 70 years, I've never seen conditions this bad (although my memory isn't what it used to be!) and I'm still trapped by a 200' unplowed driveway. Thank God I have plenty of food and wine!

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gdkxzyFeb. 22, 1412:52 PM

The roads are in rough shape but I don't see any crews out there cleaning off the roads. Are they waiting for Christ to clean off the streets?

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