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Overnight closures on tap for I-35W in Minneapolis Wednesday, Thursday

Construction on Interstate 35W south of downtown Minneapolis in 2017.

With the pending snowstorm diving south, there is a good bet that the Minnesota Department of Transportation will go forward with its plans to close parts of Interstate 35W through south Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday nights


What's your excuse? Minnesota cops hear lots from texting drivers

Female driver texting on mobile phone while driving.

Drivers on their phones trading stocks, using iPads to change passwords and cleverly using a key fob as a remote to play the popular reality game Pokémon Go while rolling down the road. Law enforcement saw it all Monday, the first day of a statewide crackdown on distracted driving, which runs through April 22.


Blue Line trains rolling following lengthy power outage near Mall of America

Power has been restored along the Blue Line between Mall of America and Terminal 2 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Metro Transit said.


Train derails in Shakopee, blocks intersection near entrance to Valleyfair

Authorities are working to clear the wreckage from a train derailment in Shakopee.


Power restored, Green Line running as usual in St. Paul

Service is back after a power outage had knocked out service on the Green Line between Hamline Avenue and Union Depot, Metro Transit said.


Long-term lane closures on I-35 in Forest Lake pushed back a week

Too much snow, MnDOT will now begin resurfacing project April 9 instead of today.


Not Super Bowl levels, but spring break passenger volume booming at MSP

Not Super Bowl levels, but spring break passenger volume booming at MSP

The airport recorded its second busiest day ever on March 23 when more than 50,000 travelers passed through security checkpoints, and a weekly record of 288,478 March 18-24. Overall spring break travel is up 3.7 percent over last year, airport officials said.


Distracted driving tops drivers' concerns, AAA study finds

Drivers say the problem is worse than it was three years ago, the study released Thursday found. It's rated worse than congestion, drunken driving, aggressive driving and those who use drugs.


Two airlifted to hospital after minivan and semi collide on Hwy. 23 near Paynesville

Few details were immediately available, but the MnDOT confirmed that the highway is closed between 263rd Avenue and 276th Avenue between Paynesville and Roscoe.


Why Move Over laws are important: Utah trooper hit by sliding car

Utah state trooper sent flying when struck by sliding car Sunday, March. 25, 2018.

A graphic video showing a Utah state trooper being hit and sent airborn by a passing motorist on a snow covered freeway underscores the reason drivers need to abide by Move Over laws.


Franklin Avenue bridge work to bring overnight closures for I-35W drivers this week

Here is a heads up for motorists who use Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis. The freeway in the vicinity of the Franklin Avenue bridge will be closed during the overnight hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.


I-494 in Woodbury reopens after crash

I-494 in Woodbury reopens after crash

A multi-vehicle crash had all lanes of northbound I-494 shut down in Woodbury for about 45 minutes, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.


Traffic headaches ahead on Hwy. 169 in Champlin as bridge project resumes this spring

MnDOT will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Champlin Ice Forum to spell out the details of the project and traffic impacts.


Bill would bring stiffer penalties for negligent drivers using cellphones

Should a driver be involved in a crash that kills or injures another person and was using a cellphone at the time be charged with criminal vehicular operation?


Bill banning hand-held cellphone use while driving gets hearing Tuesday

Bill banning hand-held cellphone use while driving gets hearing Tuesday

The Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up the bill that would prohibit drivers from using hands-held cellphones and electronics


Tips for travelers flying out of MSP during spring break

It is recommended that travelers arrive at the airport two hours prior to the flight's departure,the Transportation Security Administration said.


MnPass driver's fake baby was actually a purse

MnPass lanes on Interstate 35W south of I-494.

Some drivers will go to great lengths to cheat in order to use the MnPass lanes without having to pay.


Man hit by Green Line train near Fairview Station

The man was conscious and walking following the incident, which occurred about 10:30 a.m., a Metro Transit spokesman said.


Plastic tarp flies off truck on Hwy. 52, envelops SUV driving behind

Screengrab from Minnesota State Patrol dashcam video shows an SUV smothered by a large plastic tarp that flew out of a dump truck on Hwy. 52.

A motorist traveling on Hwy. 52 in Inver Grove Heights last Wednesday had quite the unusual experience. A large piece of heavy-duty plastic flew off a dump truck and wrapped around his SUV.


Semi plunges off bridge into icy lake near Sauk Centre; driver OK

A semitrailer truck driver smashed a window to climb out of his cab as the truck sank after plunging into a lake in central Minnesota on Monday.