July 10, 2018 06:11 PM
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning drivers that they've had enough of people using exit and entrance ramps illegally in the I-35W construction zone in Minneapolis.
"You know we really don't want people to get a ticket from the State Patrol there," said MnDOT Spokesperson Dave Aeikens. "They'll be watching from time to time."
MnDOT is concerned about the exit off I-35W north at 31st Street and Lake Street and the exit to I-35W South at 31st Street and Stevens Avenue are closed to all traffic except buses. The detour is farther south at 46th Street.
The exits are clearly marked with "Do Not Enter" signs. However, when KSTP stopped by Tuesday, dozens of cars were seen blowing right through the signs. KSTP was there 10 minutes and counted 51 vehicles using the ramps illegally.
"We really need to have the cars not use that ramp," said Aeikens. "We understand that it's challenging, that it adds some time and inconvenience and we apologize for that. We know that it's difficult."
According to MnDOT, the ramp to I-35W South is dangerous for cars because there's not much room to merge into traffic. And the ramps are reserved for buses because they're trying to encourage people to use public transportation during the long 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown construction project.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. In the summer of 2017, cell phone video caught driver after driver using a dirt access ramp to get on I-94 near Lyndale Avenue during tunnel construction.
The state patrol calls this a controlled access violation. It's a misdemeanor that could cost you $490.
Updated: July 10, 2018 06:11 PM
Created: July 10, 2018 04:06 PM
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