I read a recent St. Cloud Times article that discussed the I-94 traffic problem. In it, local leaders say expanding this section of highway is among the area’s top transportation priorities. Despite widespread public support, including the formation of the I-94 Coalition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says the expansion won’t happen anytime soon.
MnDOT officials agree the I-94 congestion is a concern.
In fact, they’ve studied enlarging the segment between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities multiple times. But the department’s priority is expanding I-494 and other Twin Cities corridors. Plus, there’s a general lack of funding for large road expansions.
In the meantime, commuters and travelers are told to wait – literally.
This congestion, and moreover, the fact that it won’t be relieved anytime soon, reinforces greater St. Cloud’s need for air service. Timely, reliable transportation is key to our region’s economic growth, and driving to catch a flight at MSP via a highway with unpredictable congestion is hardly dependable.
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