UM, Access to Fun #5: Lake Calhoun

Welcome to Episode 5 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

UM, Access to Fun: Lake Calhoun [Episode 5]

In this week’s episode, join Josh uses carsharing to put in a little beach time at Lake Calhoun, one of the most popular destinations for cool, relaxing summer fun in the Twin Cities.

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UM, Access to Fun #4: Mickey’s Diner

UM, Access to Fun: Mickey's Diner [Episode 4]

Welcome to Episode 4 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, join Josh on a visit to the incomparable Mickey’s Diner, the site in downtown St. Paul of several Hollywood blockbusters as well as as soul-satisfying food and quirky good service.

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Technology shows promise in reducing rural intersection collisions

Warning sign While Minnesota has made much progress in reducing traffic fatalities, rural stop-controlled intersections remain an ongoing challenge. The Minnesota Department of Transportation launched the Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System deployment project in 2012 to work toward reducing crashes at such intersections.

The three-year project will deploy intersection conflict warning systems at up to 50 rural stop-controlled intersections statewide.

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UM, Access to Fun #3: Minnehaha Falls

UM, Access to Fun: Minnehaha Falls [Episode 3]

Welcome to Episode 3 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, join Josh on a visit to the magical Minnehaha Falls and surrounding park area.

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UM, Access to Fun #2: Guthrie Theater

UM, Access to Fun: Guthrie Theater [Episode 2]

Welcome to Episode 2 of the “UM, Access to Fun” show with University of Minnesota student host Josh Lee.

In this week’s episode, join Josh on a visit to the world-famous Guthrie Theater.

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Study finds two types of MnPASS lanes equally safe

mnpassIn a study evaluating the safety and mobility of Minnesota’s MnPASS lanes, researchers at the U of M’s Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) found that facilities on I-35W and I-394 are performing equally well in spite of their different designs.

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Identifying truck bottlenecks will help shape Minnesota’s freight investment

traffic Delays in freight shipments caused by highway bottlenecks can harm a region’s economy and productivity. It’s no surprise, then, that freight mobility is a key concern for many major metropolitan areas—and the Minneapolis–St. Paul metro area is no exception.

To improve freight management planning and guide infrastructure decision making, planners at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) realized that they needed performance data specific to heavy truck traffic.

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