A metal fence in desperate need of repair remains mangled at the South 11th Street off-ramp into Downtown. Looking as if a truck trampled it, the fence rests - literally - on Minnesota Department of Transportation land, next to the Traffic Systems Management building, 1101 4th Ave. S.
An Intelligence Transportation Worker (ITS) in the building's parking lot, who refused to give his name, said from the warm cab of his red Ford truck that he didn't know what exactly happened to the fence but heard that, a month ago, someone drove "straight through it."
The Traffic Systems Management staff moved to Roseville in May 2003 and is now part of the Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC). RTMC Design Supervisor Terry Haukom said he had not heard about the busted fence and didn't know when it would be fixed.
However, Haukom said RTMC is preparing to sell the building, in accordance with a legislative mandate. "It was part of the funding package for the new building to get rid of the old one," he said.
As for the forgotten, dejected fence, the ITS worker said he thought someone should fix it. "I would imagine that they have to fix the fence before they try to sell the building," he said.
If they do, they should fix a similarly trashed fence section on the off-ramp right-of-way across 11th Street. It, too, looks like a pachyderm sat on it.
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