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Letter: Let’s fix 36
To the editor:
MnDOT didn’t offer the best solution to upgrading highway 36.
Upgrade the Margaret street overpass to a full diamond interchange with east and westbound access to 36.
Put 36 in a below grade trench at 120 and install another full access diamond interchange. Same for Hadley, a full diamond interchange.
As far as having to demolish the Gateway trail bridge to make the upgrades, the bridge has paid for itself already saving many lives AND the steel structure can simply be moved to a different location for continued use.
People need the freedom to travel to where they want to go on the quickest possible route. Roads need to kept as simple as possible -- KISS (keep it simple stupid). A highway below grade reduces noise, unfortunately 36 at McKnight is elevated.
North St. Paul