The project as proposed will do very little to alleviate the daily congestion currently being experienced. The real problem is associated with the lack of sufficient vehicle capacity of the bridge crossing the Mississippi River. Until an expanded or supplemental bridge is completed, there can be no suitable solution to the local traffic problem on the Interstate system. It seems to me that if the bridge was modified or another adjacent bridge built and feeder roads revamped there would be no need for additional lanes and the resources available would be better utilized and in 7 years there would be a much more functional flow of traffic. Without more river crossing capacity there will be the same problem presenting itself the day the proposed project is completed, not saying anything about the traffic nightmare problems that will be experienced for 7 more years.
Thank you for your comments. DOTD is in the process of studying locations for an additional bridge crossing.