Latest Study Shows Nominal Uptick in Twin Cities Freeway Congestion

Latest Study Shows Nominal Uptick in Twin Cities Freeway Congestion Photo: KSTP

October 04, 2017 03:23 PM

Twin Cities freeways in 2016 were only nominally more congested than they were the previous year, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

And the 0.3 percent increase in congestion over the previous year kept metro freeways below MnDOT's 10-year projection for increased congestion.


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The department says congestion is defined as freeway traffic flowing at speeds less than 45 miles per hour. The report, prepared each year by MnDOT's Regional Transportation Management Center, shows Twin Cities freeways were generally more congested between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. than they were between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., the department said in a release. 

The department gathers its data via detectors and through field observations. The 2016 report used data from October 2016 via 3,500 of 5,500 detectors located on Twin Cities' freeways.

The department said it chose October because the month has the most-typical traffic patterns. 


Michael Oakes

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