Fun time in the car..
The Twin Cities is a place where millions of people live, work and live will their families, however because there are so many, and every one of them have at least one car, the traffic congestion is getting worst with every year. In rush hour you can be sitting in your car looking through the window with the great view of millions of cars trap in traffic just like your poor soul, and with the only desire to be at home after a long day of work. This has gotten so awful that the city is in the league with Boston, Chicago and New York with this traffic problems!!.. and that a lot to say. The roads and freeways where design to produce a faster way to different places of the city, their dimensions and design brought great results for many years. However, with the increasing of population the capacity in rush hours exceeds his limit and stops for many hours the flow of cars.
With this problematic of being stock on a car for hours and not been able to do anything else, the citizens is not only killing them self of boredom and cold; but also loosing so much money without knowing. It was investigated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that they are wasting 41.8 million gallons of full (1), how much money will that be? Imagine with so little reserve of full we have left and we are losing 41.8 million of gallons in such a brainless way, and don’t forget the annoying hours sitting in a car trying to get home before the next millennium. The freeways are design to easy our life’s when driving but the only things they do when we really want them to work are to lose time, the city doesn’t need bigger freeways but new rows that can work as alternative to release the congestion in the freeways. However, new roads means more taxes for construction, that result in less roads to use, and more hours stuck in the dull car; nothing can be solve without sacrifice of money and time… great options do we have there right? We can pay for new roads and get more lovely time in the car or don’t do anything and still be stuck in the car. An important factor for this difficulty was the collapse of the 35W Bridge last summer, by losing this important road the citizens start taking new roads to go to work and go home. This bridge provides an easy access for the citizens and without it the congestion in the rows got every time worst.
The freeways represent easy access in short time across the city; they give space to continue the circulation without the obnoxious red light of the normal roads to stop you every 10 minutes (with good luck), and they accomplish that almost all the time. However with the magnitude of people that lives in the Twin Cities, these roads where not design for such increase of traffic in the rush hours, so the congestions started and of what we can predict is not ending any time soon.