We had a decent, and correct, response to the poll about the Vikings’ playoff game yesterday. I watched the game with Josh and while they were impressive in the first half, I knew they wouldn’t be able to keep it up. It was an unfortunate but expected loss — better luck next year I suppose. This week’s poll is in direct response to this article from the Star Tribune (there are a couple others here and here on the topic) and my personal experiences driving yesterday.
I spent a lot of time driving yesterday (aside from the game and like 1.5 hours at home, I was on the road) and it was definitely one of the most stressful times in my life. The roads are in absolutely terrible condition, save for a few, and I really want to know what others think about the road conditions in Minnesota. I have lived in places that received tons more snow than we have ever had here and I have never, ever, ever, experienced the consistently terrible road conditions that we are so very lucky to experience here in the Minneapolis Metro. Aside from Cedar and 3/4 of the right-hand land of I-35, the roads were glare ice. In fact, the 6.5 miles from Northfield to I-35 were so awful that I was driving well under the speed limit and nearly in the middle of the road (crossing the double yellow lines) because there was a small, tire-wide, strip that was semi-clear there. I had to stop for gas in Lakeville and the number of trucks pulling off the road was astounding — if I didn’t have to get Kim in Bloomington then I would have stayed right there with them until morning.
Last week, when the snow melted and were headed for refreezing that night, I’m not sure why the teams weren’t out plowing the shit off the roads so that it wouldn’t refreeze into the glaze of death. I suppose it has to do with their insistence on raising taxes to cover stupid shit like new police cars which allow them to respond to scenes of accidents caused by their lack of spending elsewhere. But alas, they didn’t and one opportunity to create a safe driving environment for those driving across Dakota County was missed causing the deadly accident linked to above.
So, what do you think about the way we take care of the roads here in Minnesota? Do you really believe that it’s safe to be driving with other people who may not be as sure as you are on roads that are glare ice due to the lack of funding to routinely keep them clear? Perhaps you think that people should just grow some balls or just stay at home instead? The options are “acceptable”, “not acceptable” or “N/A”. This poll will run for one week (Monday to Monday) and I’d really like to hear what you have to say both in comment and vote format so do your thing people!
Minnesota Winter Road Conditions
- Not Acceptable (57.0%, 24 Votes)
- Acceptable (40.0%, 17 Votes)
- N/A (2.0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 42