Some Hope I-94 Construction Causes Drivers to Steer Clear Of Single Occupancy Vehicles

March 23, 2017 08:40 PM

Many Minnesotans are no doubt dreading the upcoming I-94 construction.

Others, however, see a light at the end of the tunnel.


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"Pain is a real motivator sometimes," Move Minnneapolis communications manager John Barobs said. 

Barobs hopes the additional traffic will steer people away from single-occupancy vehicles.

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Instead, he suggests four alternatives for getting to work.

1. If you're coming from the north, you can take Northstar Commuter Rail.

2. If you're coming from the northwest, you can use express busses.

3. Move Minneapolis will help you register for a carpool.

4. You could try bicycle commuting, especially with the weather beginning to change.

The sprawling project will focus on a nine-mile portion of the interstate stretching from Brooklyn Center to Minneapolis.

And many drivers, like Kynion Love, are already dreading it.

Love knows his commute will be filled with congestion in the weeks to come.

In fact, the work will be so extensive that 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS traffic reporter Josie Smith thinks even alternate routes will be jam-packed.

"I really don't anticipate there being a lot of sneaky ways around this," she said. "I think folks are going to get stuck."

So the big question is will Minnesotans give these alternatives a try?

In Love's case at least, the answer is clear.

"No," he said. "I gotta get there man ... 30 minutes early. Gotta be there on time."


Josh Rosenthal

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