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traffic jams on 169 -weekends??


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I was wondering how traffic on 169 North to Garrison has been on Saturdays mid day the past few weeks? The last two times I was up (both on Holiday weekends) it was bumper to bumper for miles, both by the lake and even by Elk River. Very Frustrating with a carload of kids! If it has been bad lately, I'll either take an alternate route or leave home at another time. Any advice is much appreciated.
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I would disagree... It has been busy north of elk river to crosby...and it may be bumper to bumper around the lake, but it still moves 55-60mph. South of the lake I have not experienced any traffic jams. Traffic flows fine 65-75 mph. I have been heading up thursday and fri nights and coming home sundays with the rest of the "cidiots".

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P.S. 169 and Hwy 10 around Elk River is always horrible on any weekend heading up...even thursday nights.

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Saturday afternoon should be NO problem on 169. My place is just south of Garrison on 169 and I try to avoid Friday nights when I am traveling with my kids, unless you leave the cities after 8pm. Then you wont have any issues with the flow near Elk River. Holiday weekends are always busy, no matter when you travel.

Isnt summer traffic up north what Minnesota is all about? Some of my fondest memories as a kid was packed in the old family station wagon, towing my old man's 14 ft lund with a 25 Evinurde, for camping at the KOA in Garrison. This was back in the day when 169 went right through Milaca. Man was that fun! Stop and go right by the Dairy Queen......

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I remember them days perfectly. I grew up in Milaca during that time. It was impossible to cross 169 during the weekend. It was single lane going through Milaca. The only way to cross 169 was to get to the stoplight where 23 and 169 met. Them were the days.

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I live in Burnsville, and have been going up on Fridays leaving at 5 and getting to the lake by 7 to 7:30 each time. I think the traffic is moving better this year over any other year I can recall.

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