U of M expert says your travel time post I-35W bridge collapse is probably the same, maybe even easier
July 28, 2008
On the morning on Aug. 2, 2007, many Twin Citians were vexed as to how they were going to make their commutes to work with a large portion of I-35W lying in the river. On the anniversary of the tragic event, one University of Minnesota researcher says that most commuters adjusted to new routes or destinations by October, and while some drivers were worse off, most were indifferent and some had shorter times.
David Levinson, University of Minnesota, Department of Civil Engineering and Center for Transportation Studies researcher
From leaving earlier to taking fewer trips Levinson says that most drivers were able to find new routes and many people just stopped driving as much or went elsewhere. Trips across the Mississippi River decreased by as much as 50,000 per day and proved how well the other roadways in the Twin Cities connect.
To interview this expert, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.