Aug. 26th, 2017

On Friday I got my first taste of what promises to be four or five more years of freeway access misery.

I headed out on my usual Friday errands, which involves getting on either northbound I35w or eastbound I94 at the Fifth Avenue on ramp. Which closed on Thursday, with scheduled re-opening four or five years from now.

Note that being closed did not phase at least one Minnesota driver; they attempted to turn left from eastbound Franklin Ave onto northbound Fifth Ave, making it across the other lanes of Franklin Ave before acknowledging the barricades and turning back onto eastbound Franklin Ave.

Franklin Ave was no treat - traffic was largely at a standstill.

I didn't have the time or inclination to follow the Detour signs - I'm pretty sure that the job of drawing up the detour route fell to the worst sadists at MnDoT.

For the immediate future, I'll probably start getting on the freeway at Lyndale. I expect that MnDot will shut that down pretty soon, which will probably drive me to 28th Street - which the city is determined to render more or less unusable for automobiles.

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