Traffic Congestion On Metro Freeways On The Rise

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — Feeling a little backed up on the highway? You’re not alone.

A freeway traffic study shows congestion increased between 2009 and 2010 by more than 3 percent. Factors affecting the congestion levels include the health of the local economy, population growth, gas prices, transit ridership and vehicle miles traveled.

There have been a number of projects in the past few years to help address congestion, including the 35W project, the addition of a third lane on Interstate 494 and the Crosstown reconstruction project.

The affects of the Crosstown project are not included in the congestion report. The report’s study period ended around October of last year.

  • Daily Driver

    Really…I would have never guessed that the MPLS/St. Paul area has a traffic issue as I sit and burn our precious gas to go no where fast. There is nothing “FREE” or fast about our freeways during peak driving times.

  • Flowing freely

    I hate feeling backed up.

    • Stuffy

      So you like it when it’s runny and fast-paced? At least when you are backed up you can relax and not have to worry about rushing the kids to the pool.

  • Pat

    Hmmm, let’s see. The diamond lane was added to improve traffic flow. As I see it, it has only increased congestion. Most of us can’t afford a MN Pass, so we sit in traffic. And now, according to this article, traffic has increased, so now MORE people are on the road, while the diamond lane has very few cars (at least that I observe on 35W in Burnsville, so I don’t see a lot of money being made anyway). Yeah, that diamond lane sure is working! Here’s a crazy thought – open the diamond lane for everyone (busses on the shoulder) and maybe that would relieve the congestion. Or, maybe resume the old hours of use so the rest of us poor people can use it – :00 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. I would love to get home before 6:30 every night when I leave at 5:00.

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