Of On-Ramp Meters & Morning Meetings

You know you’re finally past Labor Day — and Summer — when you suddenly start running (in my case) 5-10 minutes late for morning meetings.

The explanation?

All those empty freeways in August are now back to their more congested, post-Labor Day rhythms.

Transitions (Seasonal — and Otherwise)

That includes freeway on-ramp meters that now hold back as many as a dozen or more cars — creating, you guessed it . . . a 5-10 minute queue.

Which I found especially puzzling (and annoying) this morning, trying to merge onto Highway 100 south from Highway 7.

I was advancing v-e-r-y slowly at the end of an especially long line when all of a sudden, the red light turned into a flashing yellow, and all the backed-up cars merged onto the (open) freeway.

The time?

Exactly 9:00 a.m.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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