I blame MnDOT for inconsistancy. MnDOT install barriers on SOME ponds and not others. Selective installations.<quoted text>
Why do you keep trying to blame the pond? There is a 60 million dollar plan to get rid of this ramp, which has been problematic. But most drivers obey speed limits, and have a license and insurance. This woman had neither. I hope you never get into an accident with one of these irresponsible drivers. You will have to make a claim on your own policy and pay the consequences with higher premiums.
You yourself admit MnDOT has plans to waste $60,000,000 to upgrade this problematic ramp. This fact is a clear admission the ramp is problematic.
Locals have seen at least one car per year end up in the problematic pond off the problematic ramp MnDOT has plans to waste $60,000,000 on to upgrade.
There are far less expensive options than $60,000,000 to fix this ramp.
1. Install signs with a much reduced speed limit for the ramp.
2. Install cable barriers along the ramp.
3. Install guard rails between the intersection and pond, in addition to the cable barriers.
4. Fill in the pond so it's NOT over 4 feet because rescue workers can't dive to make a deep water rescue. Rocks can be used which would allow water retention but keep depths to allowing rescues.
Of course these improvements MIGHT cost a million bucks, 1 60th of the cost to renovate the ramp. And ya know my suggested improvemets can be completed in a couple of weeks. Once completed one of your relatives may be saved from drowning.
Think about it, if you have the capacity.
IMHO, it would be very refreshing to see quick action to keep cars out of this killer pond. BTW, there are many other killer ponds designed and constructed by MnDOT.