Sane lanes at Hennepin/Lyndale

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March 8, 2004 // UPDATED 9:28 am - April 25, 2007
By: Tom Carothers
Tom Carothers

"The signage above Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue at Oak Grove Street and Vineland Boulevard is outdated.

"When you are traveling northbound on Hennepin/Lyndale the signage over the extreme right lane states 'Hennepin Avenue' with and arrow on that lane. This leads to three lanes of traffic attempting to get over to the right lane within a block of notification. There is absolutely no need for everyone to merge into one lane, as Hennepin continues three lanes through all of Downtown. This is quite a nuisance as well as dangerous."

Well, Jeremy, this was a tough one to pin down. We initially thought outdated traffic signs had to be the Minnesota Department of Transportation's work, so we called their office. They told us all signs in Minneapolis were the city's responsibility. Duh.

That led us to the reliable Sara Dietrich, our friend from the city's communications staff. After bringing the problem to the attention of Public Works, she emailed us this response:

"Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Minneapolis Public Works crews went out to the site and took a look at the signage. The city is working with Mn/DOT to address the signage issue. [Editorial interjection: they told us they weren't involved!] The existing sign may be shifted with an additional arrow or additional signs may be added to ensure that it is clear which lanes drivers should be in. We expect this will take several weeks to get addressed."

So the city is on it, Jeremy. Hopefully your days of being cut off on your drive home are numbered.

-- Tom Carothers