As one of Minnesota’s most popular events the State Fair frequently seeks to improve traffic conditions for fairgoers, vendors and emergency teams. Just before the onset of the 2010 Fair TKDA began conducting the Minnesota State Fair Traffic Study.
TKDA divided the study into three fundamental components: understanding existing conditions, defining issues and determining potential solutions. To understand existing conditions TKDA obtained traffic counts at all entrances and exits for comparison with average non-fair days. Based on the MSF existing information and observations TKDA identified several base issues including: parking entry inefficiencies, vehicle-pedestrian conflicts, vehicle-bus conflicts and inefficient use of Como Avenue. From these issues TKDA developed potential solutions focused on interagency communications, roadway management, transit functions, parking and bicycle and pedestrian circulation enhancements.