There are people living under bridges all over Minneapolis, but this woman's story has people pretty worked up. It's probably because her home now sits under one of the new Crosstown/35W bridges going up in Minneapolis and she wants a buyout ASAP.
We don't blame her. In the last year, she's survived constant construction vibrations, noise and clutter. Her cabinets swung open, pictures fell over, and she started to see cracks in her walls. And now she's got an enormous freeway overpass above her home. Finally the state is giving in and considering options to buy her home so she can move.
Can you imagine the horror when cars actually start zooming over her home? Garbage flying from car windows, icy snow slamming on her roof, pollution choking her garden.
If you want to see the disaster zone for yourself, check out this Star Tribune image.
KSTP also has a report:
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Mary VanSlooten's home on 1st Avenue South in Minneapolis hasn't gone anywhere. It's her neighborhood that disappeared, under mountains of dirt, concrete barriers, chain-link fences and an immense concrete overpass that curves above her house.Are there other parts of the city with people in equally bad situations? We can imagine there are some other spots where people are probably suffering from growing roads.
The state's reconstruction of Crosstown/35W, the metro's most notorious highway bottleneck, claimed about 20 homes in Richfield and Minneapolis. VanSlooten's house was left behind, reachable only by sidewalk, because 1st Avenue now ends one house away.
As the construction laid siege to her property over the past year, VanSlooten complained repeatedly to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Her concerns were met by promises to fix the problems. But with her walls cracked, her neighbors gone, the tranquility of three decades shattered, VanSlooten, 65, decided she couldn't live there anymore.
Finally, on Monday, MnDOT said it now wants to buy VanSlooten's house, acknowledging that its right-of-way acquisitions may have stopped one house too short.