January 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Members of the Moorhead City Council should resist the apparent bullying by state and federal governments regarding old and new Interstate 94 access ramps into the city. Continue Reading
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Can anyone explain why Moorhead quit plowing the 200 yard section of road between the new 34th St. and Main Ave. SE? Iâ€™m talking about the section of road that runs across the north side of the Minnesota School of Business. It is already plowed for 100 yards to gain access to the Minnesota School of Business. Wouldnâ€™t it make sense to just continue plowing the other 100 yards so people can just cross there to go to Menards, the antique shop, and the homes by Village Green Golf Course, etc.? Plus, the homeowners near the new 24th Ave. S would probably appreciate the reduced traffic near their neighborhood. Why the fight over the on/off ramps with an alternative that seems like it could be open tomorrow?
This way, people have access to where they are going, it doesnâ€™t cost anything but fuel to plow, and we donâ€™t end up with a freeway system like the Twin Cities with terrible on/off ramps causing traffic problems (not that Fargo/Moorhead really has any traffic jams).
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Why did they build the new on/off ramps any ways? It does not appear like we gained anything. On the other hand, I don’t understand all the gripes about the new area…its is not that difficult to figure out. It seems like a lot of nothing…..
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It is called change, everyone. They changed the ramp. They put up a new ramp that is nice and easier to access. What businesses are crippled because of this? The antique store? Good grief. I heard on the radio that Menards had seen a significant drop in business. It couldn’t possibly be because of the horrible weather since they opened the new ramp, could it? People don’t ‘window shop’ at Menards. They don’t drive down the interstate, see Menards, and think, “We should get off the interstate and browse through Menards.” They go their because they have a need – a new on ramp isn’t going to force them to go to Fargo for that need. We heard the same bickering when Fargo opened up the new ramps on 12th Ave N. A radio announcer even said, “We don’t need those fancy, big city loopty-loops.” Really? As Fargo/Moorhead grows, we’re just going to hear more of this. People just need to accept that things will change and they’ll have to adjust or they can move somewhere smaller.
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The gripe people have isn’t with change. It’s in the way it was changed.
Unlike 12th Ave in Fargo, this wasn’t really needed (even if the state said it was) and it is hurting businesses. It has made traffic worse in the immediate area and is directing more people heading in and out of downtown to the already overwhelmed 8th St interchange.
You make light of the businesses impacted but there are several more along that corridor. Combined with the long history the city has of providing a poor business climate, people have every right to be upset.
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I believe the stop lights have already been removed at the intersection of the road north of the business college and main ave. That makes no sense. Why not at least open the old ramps up that aren’t the loops. This would take you from Main ave towards fargo and from Fargo onto main ave. This would take care of 90% of the problem. Someone is going to get seriously injured at the intersection of 20th st and that gravel road that runs parallel to I94. This is the short cut people will begin using more and more, especially if there is a train on the tracks. When on that road heading towards 20th street, you can’t see cars coming from the south on 20th st. This is a problem even when there isn’t snow. If you’re going straight to get on the interstate or taking a left, you’re basically playing chicken with traffic. I think the leaders of Moorhead are as much to blame. They see undeveloped land at the new intersection and figure by not opening the old one, they will attract more new businesses. Who cares about old businesses. In 2006 I thought that Menards had a requirement that the old interchange remain open. I’m not sure if this was in writing or a verbal agreement. You think Mr. Offutt has employees with close ties to city leaders? Who has the most to gain from the current situation. The guy that owns the land around the new ramps. I respect Ron for all that he has done, but we need to do what does the greatest good for the most people. Open up the two non loops and hash out the rest of the details over the next year or 2.
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Robin, what about the extra land that Menard’s purchased at a premium with the understanding that the old intersection would stay open. There currently are no food establishments in this part of town. There will be soon, but where do you think they will buy land? People accept change. There are no issues with the new ramps, but why not keep the old ones open.
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I work on 28th Ave S. in Moorhead. This is a dirt road the City of Moorhead likes to ignore as it receives very little maintenance. Since the ramps have closed, the traffic on this road has increased about 500%. There are a lot of semis using this road so the increased traffic has created hazardous conditions, especially since snow removal has been at a minimum. The access to 28th from 20th St is very narrow now and the snow is piled so high on each side of the tracks you wouldn’t see a train coming until you are right on top of the tracks. (I reported it to the City, but nothing has been done) Evidently people that used to have access to the closed ramps are now using 28th Ave or taking 12th Ave over to 20th St. and since there are no stop lights between 12th Ave. and the Interstate there is a steady stream of traffic on southbound 20th St. From 28th, I need to access west bound Interstate by crossing 20th. Crossing 20th at this intersection has always been a challenge, but now it is near impoossible. Looking at the long line up of cars on the street in front of the Tech School on the other side of 20th, it seems they are having the same problem accessing 20th. My once 15-20 minutes commute is now 40-45 minutes since I have to wait up to 15 – 20 minutes (I timed it) for an opportunity to get across 20th. So closing the ramps has not only created problems for the businesses and people in the Industrial Park, it’s created chaos in other parts of the City as well.
It’s a little bit amazing to me that someone didn’t see this freight train of an issue coming and that everyone is now shocked and upset. That project took 3 years didn’t it? Whoever was “assuring” the council members was clearly confused.
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In my opinion, the ramps should be opened ceremoniously by driving a snowplow directly through the the barricades, with all of the local news outlets there to videotape the happening, and a speech should be made by city council members about the anti-business policies of the State of Minnesota. They may be breaking the law, but the entire population of Fargo/Moorhead couldn’t help but be on their side, making the state look like the bad guys.
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The new interchange is extremely inconvient if you are trying to get to Menards or even Main Ave. It is a very poor design.
Exactly. At the very least they should have connected 34th to Main at the Menard’s road.
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This whole project has been a boondoggle from the start. That old interchange didn’t have any real traffic problems. And what Moorhead effectively ended up doing is helping Dilworth businesses while hurting their own.
The big underpass they have planned for 20th/Main will also be a mess. What the city really needs is better traffic flow on 8th/I94 and a new underpass downtown.
But I have come to expect nothing less from my city leaders. After all these are the same folks who are putting up homeless shelters and low income housing on prime commercial and residential property and buying out failed businesses in a misguided attempt to “beautify” an area that is blighted due to their inability to properly plan a functional city. It’s no mystery why businesses continue to leave in droves.
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looks like it was especially designed to help somebody’s idiot cousin in the construction business, and nobody else. “farmer ramps” make a lot more sense than “slow everybody down” loops, anyway. block the new ramps and unblock the old ones.
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