The Daily Grind, a Little Smoother

Downtown Minneapolis commuters, have you noticed? Things have gotten a whole lot faster on the way to work in the morning.

That’s because Minneapolis Public Works has installed light-timing technology along Washington Avenue and at 200 downtown intersections over the summer, allowing for drivers to get in and out of the city in record time. In fact, traffic on some streets already moves seven minutes faster than it did a year ago (via STrib).

The project—which will extend to the rest of Minneapolis by this time next year—is the first update to the lighting system since 1991, with some traffic control boxes dating back to the 1940s.

All we have to say: It’s about time.