Wrong Way Auto-Pilot

October 31st, 2008 - 9:19am by Slye Fox

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Dammit! That's twice now. It seems every weekend they close down the intersection of 35W and Crosstown to fuck things up differently. Now it's on nearly a daily basis.

On Wednesday, they swapped exits as you go south on 35W. Normally you'd veer to the left to head east on 62 and head to the airport, and stay in the right two lanes to head west. Now it's reversed, if you're in the right-hand lane, it's airport time, baby.

And damned if my morning, no coffee auto-pilot brain didn't do this to me twice in a row. A string of colorful language escapes as I find myself heading east once again to go way the hell out of my way and take 494 back to Hwy 100.

October 31, 2008 - 10:03am
Slye Fox says:

Here's the Tribune's take:

For 40-some years, southbound drivers on Interstate 35W knew how things worked: The right lane took them west on Crosstown Hwy. 62, and the left lane sent them east.

On Thursday, right became east, left became south and drivers became very confused.


October 31, 2008 - 10:21am
lisianthia says:

I bet those bastards at MNDOT are sitting back in their chairs laughing maniacally over this.

November 1, 2008 - 6:41pm
Kari says:

You know they've got the traffic camera's all focused in watching people mess up over and over and over...it's their version of entertainment.