Finally, it’s warm!

Lake Harriet While this surreal picture doesn’t show it, it’s finally starting to feel like spring in Minnesota. What that really means is not shorts and sandals, but orange cones and detours. Yes, it’s the start of the “second season” – road construction.

On a trip from Bloomington to Uptown yesterday, I passed through at least 6 construction zones. The one that really peaked my curiosity was the American Boulevard bridge over I-35W. With this bridge just being completed a couple years ago, I really had to find out what was going on. According to the City of Bloomington website, the abutment is sinking but “structurally the bridge is sound.” Next time I think I’ll just continue in ignorance.

If you’re in Minneapolis, you will have to contend with road construction and some street sweeping parking restrictions that start today. Find out the schedule for your street from this tool on the city website. You might also receive an automated call (no guarantees, though!) if you have a listed phone number.

Despite the start of transportation woes, it will be nice to finally go outside without a coat. Today’s forecast calls for a high of 70 degrees. Personally, I’m hoping it starts staying in that range.

4 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on April 15th, 2008 @ 9:02 am

    Supposed to be 60-ish all week. Hella windy today, though. But that’s fine.

    I took a walk around Lake Calhoun on Sunday. It was nice enough out, but man that wind was chilling!

  2. greg on April 15th, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    Hopefully we can get the bridges under control so they can start attending to the killer potholes. KILLER!

  3. Wes (blackhorsewz) on April 15th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    No kidding – you could lose an entire car in some of those potholes.

  4. kevinfromminneapolis on April 15th, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

    Minneapolis is aware of the pothole issue.

    And if you think the second season is bad now, wait until the $6.6 billion in tax increases kicks in. Second season might be longer than winter!!!

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