Friday Before Memorial Day Was Unusually Quiet on the Freeway Heading North

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

The effects of the recent sharp rise in gasoline prices were readily apparent yesterday.

On Interstate 35 headed north out of the Twin Cities, traffic was unusually light for the kickoff of Memorial Day weekend.  Other than a fair amount of late afternoon congestion close to I-694 in the Lino Lakes area, it was obvious that at least some are staying home this weekend.

On past Memorial Day weekends, traffic has been much more congested heading towards Duluth and the Boundary Waters area.  This year, things were eerily different.

Perhaps it has something to do with the late start of spring across the state.  Cool weather, spring storms and a late ice-out on Minnesota lakes could be contributing factors.

We'll be watching carefully as summer unfolds to see if this situation improves.

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Contact Broker Eric Kodner with Wayzata Lakes Realty about Minneapolis & Saint Paul area properties, including Lake Minnetonka, Edina and the Minneapolis City Lakes area (Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet). We also sell on the Saint Croix River and on Lake Superior, including Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island homes.  With sixteen years experience marketing and selling waterfront properties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we know Lake Minnetonka and Madeline Island real estate.

Wayzata Lakes Realty LLC (Minnesota) and Madeline Island Realty LLC (Wisconsin)

Real Estate Brokerage licensed in Minnesota & Wisconsin

Phone or Text Message 612.670.2539

EMKodner@Gmail.com  or

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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

WOW!  It was CRAZY around here. Couldn't drive two inches.  As luck would have it, I had to be on the road a lot on Friday - to a lot of different places.  Oh brother - I burned waaaay more gas than I wanted idling.

May 24, 2008 06:00 PM #1
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

The only way to tell for sure here in Hawaii if there is the usual count going on the long weekend is to visit the airport.

May 24, 2008 06:22 PM #2
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Dennis Beckner
Beckner Mobile Notary - Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

It was much better in Southern California than usual. I had a record day on Friday traveling to 5 homes to sign loan docs. I was early to every appointment because traffic was so good. I expected the freeways to be a parking lot with everybody trying to get out of town for the holiday.

May 24, 2008 06:30 PM #3
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Ruthmarie -- I've heard varying reports from people about how much gasoline prices are hampering vacation travel this Memorial Day weekend.  Sounds like your area was pretty much unaffected.

May 24, 2008 06:39 PM #4
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Randy -- I can imagine it would be more difficult to determine on an island!

Dennis -- Do you think high gas prices are keeping people closer to home in Southern California this Memorial Day weekend?

May 24, 2008 06:41 PM #5
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Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
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When we took a road trip last week we were saying the same thing... we are in for some interesting times in this country.

May 25, 2008 12:26 AM #6
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Charles -- Amen!

It's going to take time for Americans to acclimate to these high gas prices..that is, if they ever stop rising long enough to do so!

May 25, 2008 06:51 AM #7
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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Eric...people around here were doing yardwork from what I could see!

May 25, 2008 02:23 PM #8
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Hi Eric,

It seemed very quiet on the expressway early this afternoon.   Very unusual for the last day of a holiday weekend!

May 26, 2008 09:27 AM #9
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Joan -- I haven't yet seen any definitive statistics or metrics about what Americans did for Memorial Day weekend or whether they stayed home more than last year. 

May 27, 2008 04:51 PM #10
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

April, that was my impression on the highway traffic Friday, which is usually a very busy day on the roads here.

May 27, 2008 04:52 PM #11
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Pam Holzem
The FireStar Realty Group - Hastings, MN

I've been on I 35 heading North on a Memorial Day weekend. It's one of the reasons we go South to Waterville on weekends. I guess this year it would not have mattered.

Gas prices have changed Vacations to Staycations. I think that translates to yardwork and "Honey Do" lists.

 

May 28, 2008 01:09 PM #13
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Pam,

I-35 wasn't bad last Friday afternoon.  I was surprised to see the traffic that subdued on a Friday before Memorial Day.

May 28, 2008 03:47 PM #14
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