Crosstown improvements pushed back to 2007

Not that as it comes to any surprise, but the crosstown commons road improvements project has been put on hold until at least 2007 according to the strib.

As a frequent commuter through that area, I have mixed feelings about the continued delay of this project. On the one hand, I can’t wait for that area to improve – it’s one of the worst road designs I’ve ever driven on, and it backs 35W up as far as downtown on its worst days.

If you’ve ever tried to go east on 62 through that interchange and stay on 62 east during rush hour, you know that it can be one of the more harrowing driving experiences around – because if you stay in the lane you were in, you will end up on 35W.

On the other hand, while that area is under construction for 3 years, it’s likely going to be a nightmare and push traffic to other routes that are already somewhat congested during rush hour today. This project will be somewhat painful for anybody that lives south of Minneapolis.

I’m just hoping that it hasn’t outgrown itself by the time it’s done.

1 Comment so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    At this point I’m thinking I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m still not really convinced the proposed fix will fix the problem anyway.



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