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Old 03-15-2011, 10:48 PM
 
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Anyone know how bad the traffic would be going from downtown Minneapolis to Flint Hills refinery out in Rosemount?
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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Probably is awful. The traffic sucks here.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:39 PM
 
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I agree with Knke. Traffic in the Twin Cities is horrible. I remember reading a few years ago that for a city it's size, it was the worst city for traffic.

Obviously, it depends on the time of day. 30 min in the evening/night. Probably close to an hour during rush hour.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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Depends on where exactly you are coming from. If you can get on to 35W South on the south edge of town easily, it won't be bad at all, if you have to snake through Minneapolis at all, it will take you longer to get through the streets of town then it would to get down to the refinery.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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Depends on where exactly you are coming from. If you can get on to 35W South on the south edge of town easily, it won't be bad at all, if you have to snake through Minneapolis at all, it will take you longer to get through the streets of town then it would to get down to the refinery.
Well - if I'm coming from the downtown core.....how backed up are the freeways heading south to Rosemount?? Is it really as bad as everyone says?
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:08 PM
 
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Reverse commute doesn't work they way you think it would: with two city cores here and lots of people living downtown but working in the 'burbs, traffic going out of the city in the morning can be just as bad as traffic coming into the city.

But, if you know the complicated secrets, you can avoid traffic anytime of day (my FIL and I are good at this), but you might need to take 17 roads to go a few miles.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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Well - if I'm coming from the downtown core.....how backed up are the freeways heading south to Rosemount?? Is it really as bad as everyone says?
Yes, traffic in the Twin Cities is no good. MNDot is a joke.

What day/time are you going?
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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Well - if I'm coming from the downtown core.....how backed up are the freeways heading south to Rosemount?? Is it really as bad as everyone says?
Eastbound 94 is always congested, as is westbound, but traffic from downtown Minneapolis on 35W is not bad, nor is traffic southbound on Cedar or Eastbound on 494 or south on 52. It's a bit of a round about way to get there but probably the "fastest" unless you know the side streets well enough that you can get over to 35E in St. Paul rapidly enough and take 494 to 52 from there. Highway 55 would also work but I am not sure what the eastbound traffic in Minneapolis proper is like on 55-once you get to the Ft. Snelling area then traffic is free flowing on 55 to 52.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:20 PM
 
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I've been doing a variety of different reverse commutes for the last 3 years (From Minneapolis to Eagan, Hopkins, Minnetonka and St. Paul) and it is like night and day when comparing it to a regular commute. Traffic is much lighter going the opposite way from my experience. I don't think it would be nearly as bad as some people on here are assuming it would be.

For instance, 35E southbound in the morning coming out of downtown St. Paul is almost empty compared to northbound traffic that is typically backed up to the south end of Eagan, and from what I've seen 35W is similar to this on the south side of Minneapolis.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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