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Continued: Costs released for three MnPass lane options on Cedar Avenue

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 14, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Currently BRT buses use the right shoulder through Apple Valley and may use the shoulder on Cedar if they encounter traffic congestion in the general lanes. Whether preserving the shoulder for buses will be necessary if a MnPass lane is built is one of the questions that must be addressed in finding the best MnPass option, Solberg said.

 

Laurie Blake • 952-746-3287

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  • MNPass lanes are coming to Cedar Avenue, but MnDOT is debating three options.

  • Cost of a faster commute

    The Minnesota Department of Transportation is considering three plans to add a MnPass lane on northbound Cedar Avenue between 138th Street in Apple Valley and Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington. The current traffic time for a 10-mile stretch of Cedar is 27 minutes.

    Here’s a look at the estimated costs and time savings of the plans:

    1. Reverse zipper lane, $56 million
    The plan:  One southbound lane would be turned into a northbound lane during the morning rush hour.
    Time estimate:  10 minutes on zipper lane, 22 to 24 minutes other traffic.

    2. Widen freeway, $46 million
    The plan:  A shoulder of the wider freeway would be used to form a northbound MnPass lane.
    Time estimate:  7 minutes on MnPass lane, 14 to 16 minutes other traffic.

    3. Combination, $47 million
    The plan:  A combination of a wider freeway and zipper lane used to ease congestion.
    Time estimate:  7.5 minutes on MnPass lane, 15 to 17 minutes other traffic.
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