Tag Archives | Highways

Minnesota Trunk Highways Since 1951

Sunday Summary – July 1, 2018

Welcome to July and beginning that post-solstice slide toward Fall (although the current heatwave makes that seem unlikely). Last week on streets.mn, the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan update continues to figure prominently (there are about 3 weeks left for you to comment on the draft), plus some more good stuff: Minneapolis 2040, the Big Picture Sheldon […]

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A History of Minnesota’s Highways Part Five

This is Part Five of an ongoing series of the history of Minnesota’s trunk highway system. Part One covered the early days of government and privately built roads. Part Two covered the events leading up to the establishment of the trunk highway system in 1920. Part Three covered the coming of the U.S. numbered highways and the 1920s improvement projects. And […]

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Small houses from the 1940s in Seward

Sunday Summary – April 15, 2018

The weather is wintry, but you can still Join streets.mn on the A Line Sunday, April 15! – that’s today at 2:00 pm! – to ride the A Line and hear from Katie Roth, aBRT manager from Metro Transit. And whether or not you ride the bus, do read the rest of last week on streets.mn: […]

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Sunday Summary – February 11, 2018

Super Bowl cleanup is almost done and now we move on to the Winter Olympics where Minnesota is well-represented. Ski fast, Jessie Diggins! Your Summarizer apologizes for interrupting this post and being such a passionate cross-country skier and fan, but also points out how events like the recent City of Lakes Loppet bring people together […]

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National Links: Transit Starts and Public Banks

Every day at The Overhead Wire we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to streets.mn that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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“Here to There” Podcast Explores Human Impacts of Twin Cities Commuting

Minneapolis-based think/do tank Apparatus has launched a 10 episode podcast series called Here to There that focuses on the ways in which our daily lives and our daily commutes are inextricably linked. Each episode focuses on one human dimension of our transportation system (e.g., accessibility, affordability, sustainability, equity). The first half of each episode is an on-the-go […]

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A New Life for the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

Today, I want to continue to look at some of the substantial bicycle and pedestrian improvements planned in the Bloomington area. The first part took a look at the plans to complete a major missing link in our paved trail network through the river bottoms. These second and third parts are look at a separate […]

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Floyd B. Olson is Spinning in His Grave

The road was dedicated to Northside resident and socialist Governor Floyd B. Olson in 1951, but it was older than that.  As near as I can tell, construction of the modern-day Olson Memorial Highway began in the late 1930s. That makes it one of the first urban freeways in the Twin Cities. (For some reference, it’s earlier than the very early Hiawatha […]

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MnDOT and Saint Paul’s Apology Doesn’t Change Anything

On July 17, The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman apologized for bulldozing the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul to build Interstate 94. Beginning in 1958, the freeway destroyed nearly a thousand homes and businesses and it displaced thousands of people at the core of a predominantly African American neighborhood. It […]

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Twin Cities Traffic Congestion Goes From Fine to Still Fine

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a report last Thursday noting a slight year-over-year increase in Twin Cities freeway congestion. It’s a report and has lots of numbers, but it’s a fairly easy thing to skim through if you are interested. Lots of good stuff in there, and also in this newspaper version of […]

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