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Metro Transit seeking cause for morning derailment near Franklin Avenue

Workers set about getting a Blue Line train back on track after it derailed around 5 a.m. near Franklin Avenue, while a bicyclist continued his commut

Blue Line trains have resumed service between 38th Street and downtown Minneapolis after service was disrupted for about two and a half hours when a train derailed Friday morning.


A Vikings home game and another I-35W closure will affect weekend traffic

Another 15-mile shutdown of Interstate 35W through Minneapolis and Roseville is in store for commuters this weekend.

One more weekend, motorists will have to endure a shut down of Interstate 35W in northeast Minneapolis, but this time only the southbound lanes will close.


A sweet commute on the roads, not on the rails

A sweet commute on the roads, not on the rails

Friday's drive to work has been uneventful compared for those taking the Blue Line to work. At 8:50 a.m., drivers were encountering few issues on the roads.


Metro Transit light-rail vehicle No. 114 is first to 1 million miles

Metro Transit's light-rail vehicle No. 114 made its first run between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America on the Blue Line's opening day in June 2004.


Westbound I-694 in White Bear reopens following semi rollover crash

Westbound I-694 in White Bear reopens following semi rollover crash

Good news for motorists in the northeast metro. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reopened westbound I-694 after a semitrailer truck flipped over at McKnight Road. The lanes had been closed for nearly five hours.


Truck driver lost control in I-94 crossover crash that killed 1 in Maple Grove

Truck driver lost control in I-94 crossover crash that killed 1 in Maple Grove

The freeway was shut down for about 6 hours after a semi crossed the median and stuck on-coming vehicles, killing at least one person.


Roadwork brings traffic to a standstill on I-35 in Forest Lake

Roadwork brings traffic to a standstill on I-35 in Forest Lake

It's roadwork that is bringing traffic on northbound I-35 in Forest Lake to a standstill. MnDOT is working on a lane shift in conjunction with the resurfacing project that will run until fall.


Lexington Parkway resurfacing will bring detours and traffic delays this week

Lexington Avenue in St. Paul will undergo resurfacing this week, and it's a road that motorists will likely want to avoid.


Crashes clear on I-35W and I-35E in north metro

Crashes clear on I-35W and I-35E in north metro

For the moment, the freeway system is crash free. Wrecks on southbound I-35W at County Road 88 in New Brighton. and southbound I-35E at Little Canada Road in Little Canada have cleared.


I-35W and light-rail shutdowns among weekend travel disruptions

I-35W and light-rail shutdowns among weekend travel disruptions

The Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island in St. Paul, the Pizza Luce Block Party in Minneapolis, Saints and Lynx games and a Zac Brown concert at Target Center - so many things to do and places to go this weekend. Road construction and a light-rail shut down might to make it hard to get to there.


Crash on Hwy. 100 in Edina clears, traffic recovering

Crash on Hwy. 100 in Edina clears, traffic recovering

A crash that had been blocking the left lane of northbound Hwy. 100 in near 50th Street in Edina has cleared and traffic is getting back up to speed.


Semi rollover on I-94 in St. Paul clears

Semi rollover on I-94 in St. Paul clears

At 8:35 a.m., a crash on eastbound I-94 at Cedar Avenue is the biggest traffic tangler. Westbound bogs down from the Mississippi River to the Lowry Hill Tunnel, largely due to construction ahead at Chicago Avenue


Big backups on Hwy. 61 in Newport, I-94 in Minneapolis

Big backups on Hwy. 61 in Newport, I-94 in Minneapolis

South metro commuters are navigating around car vs. truck crash on eastbound I-494 at France Avenue. The stack up begins back at Hwy. 100.


Tuesday traffic: Travel times jump as congestion grows

Tuesday traffic: Travel times jump as congestion grows

Commuters in the northwest metro are dealing with a little fog and that's slowing the drive along eastbound I-94 from St. Michael to Maple Grove.


Fog slowing drive in south metro

Fog slowing drive in south metro

Monday's rush hour begins with light levels of traffic and patchy fog.


Weekend traffic: I-35W through Minneapolis and Roseville closes for second straight weekend

MnDOT will complete a resurfacing project between County Road C and NE. 4th Street that it started last weekend while work south of downtown includes the demolition of the 40th Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge.


Friday traffic: Storms in north metro, crash on Hwy. 100 slow traffic

Friday traffic: Storms in north metro, crash on Hwy. 100 slow traffic

A MnDOT First Unit is picking up some debris on southbound I-494 near Stone Road in Minnetonka, and that is enough to create a small pocket of congestion. Northbound also is tight between I-394 and Excelsior Boulevard.


Congestion in spots, but Thursday's commute fairly hassle free

Congestion in spots, but Thursday's commute fairly hassle free

Traffic is stacked up on westbound I-94 from Hwy. 280 over to the Lowry Hill Tunnel, largely due to construction at the I-35W interchange. It's a 10 to 15-minute roll, not bad for the peak of the rush hour.


Crashes clearing, rain ending and rush hour improving

Crashes clearing, rain ending and rush hour improving

Congestion is starting to loosen across the system and rain has ended for the most part, but there are a few tough spots yet.


Tuesday rush hour: Motorcycle crash clears on 494, big delays persist

Tuesday rush hour: Motorcycle crash clears on 494, big delays persist

Problems also continue in Newport where a crash with injuries has traffic tangled on northbound Hwy. 61 at Glen Road.