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News Release
March 1, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Twin Cities Metro Freeway Congestion Decreased in 2011


ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Twin Cities Metropolitan Area freeway traffic congestion decreased between 2010 and 2011, from 21.5 percent to 21.0 percent overall.

Many factors affect congestion levels, including the health of the local economy, population growth, gas prices, transit ridership and vehicle miles traveled.

Mn/DOT’s strategy for addressing congestion includes operational answers, such as new legislation to clear traffic incidents more quickly, electronic message signs, ramp meters and real-time travel information.

In addition, “Mn/DOT continues to work closely with the Metropolitan Council and other partners to continue to provide a safe, reliable and modern transportation system,” said Scott McBride, Metro District Engineer.

“Cost-effective construction projects, high-occupancy voluntary toll lanes, expanded park-and-ride lots, bus shoulder bypass lanes and bus rapid transit projects all add to the decrease,” he said.

Highway construction projects completed in the recent past have helped address congestion at various locations. Some of the projects include the following:


Other projects to be completed in the near future include the following:

View the complete 2011 Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report.









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