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Weekend traffic: With big festivals and major road closures, know your route

Motorists can expect major traffic tie-ups across the metro as the Minnesota Department of Transportation starts reconfiguring Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis just as tens of thousands of people will stream into the city for large events that include the Twin Cities Pride Festival in Loring Park and the Back to the 50s street rod extravaganza at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.


Rain won't delay downtown Minneapolis light-rail shutdown

Where to catch replacement buses during the light-rail shutdown.

Rain has pushed back the start of today's Twins-White Sox game at Target Field but that won't stop Metro Transit from shutting down light-rail service at 6:45 p.m. Thursday as scheduled.


Commuters ask why so many state troopers along I-94 Monday morning

Commuters traveling along the I-94 corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul Monday morning saw a heavy police presence, particularly in the Midway area.


Weekend traffic: Road work could slow those heading for Grandma's Marathon

The biggest traffic jams this weekend are likely to be on I-35 north of the Twin Cities as thousands make the trip to and from Duluth for Saturday's Grandma's Marathon.


MnDOT spreads the word about the problem of human trafficking

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is taking a step to draw travelers' attention to the growing problem of human trafficking and get them to report suspicious activity.


Metro Transit wins award for improving light-rail safety

Metro Transit picked up a Gold Award for Safety from the American Public Transportation Association for its efforts to improve pedestrian safety along light rail lines.


Hwy. 110 in Mendota Heights is latest construction hot spot

The eastbound lanes between I-494 and I-35E shut down on Monday morning and will remain closed for six weeks. Then the westbound lanes will close.


Family of ducks unhurt after waddling through Lowry Hill Tunnel

The mother and seven to eight little ducklings were "orderly and law-abiding" as they waddled along in the direction of traffic, said Brian Kary, director of Traffic Operations for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Weekend traffic: Road buckling from heat possible; I-94 traffic shifts

Hot, hot, hot, the pavement will sizzle and that has the Minnesota Department of Transportation warning motorists to look out for road buckles.


Electrical issue fixed, I-394 MnPass lanes open for eastbound drivers

Thursday morning was to be the day that the reversible MnPass lanes on I-394 were to reopen for eastbound drivers, but MnDOT can't get the gates up.


All lanes of I-35W in Arden Hills reopen after turkey truck rollover

A semitrailer truck hauling turkeys rolled over early Tuesday forcing the Minnesota Department of Transportation to close the northbound lanes of I-35W at I-694.


Weekend traffic: Light-rail shut down, street parties and road work

Light-rail trains won't run between Target Field Station and U.S. Bank Stadium Station this weekend in Minneapolis. Buses will fill in until 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The first blast of summerlike warmth comes just in time for the first huge outdoor celebrations of the season and with them comes road closures, congestion and parking restrictions, so watch the signs carefully.


Maintenance to take light-rail trains offline in downtown Mpls. for 3 days

Light-rail riders will be put on buses Thursday night through Monday morning as Metro Transit conducts maintenance operations in downtown Minneapolis.


Weekend traffic: Memorial Day getaway and lots of sporting events

If AAA's predictions are correct, the roads leading out of the metro might be more crowded than those in town as throngs head to the lakes, cabins and places to enjoy the season's first long holiday weekend. Major road construction project could also hamper in-town travel


Evening tunnel work will bring delays for Blue Line riders

Northbound Blue Line riders can expect trips to take a bit longer on several nights this spring and summer.


Weekend traffic: Test project begins on Maryland Avenue in St. Paul

Ramsey County crews began removing striping along Maryland Avenue between Greenbrier Street and Johnson Parkway in St. Paul, marking the start of a test of a new configuration that will reduce the road from two lanes in each direction to one with a center turn lane.


Demo shows power of a seat belt; seat belt campaign begins Monday

A two-week seat belt enforcement campaign begins on Monday.


Look out for bicycle convoys in Minneapolis on Friday's Bike to Work Day

On average, more than 11,000 commuters ride their bikes to work each day, city officials say, and they are hoping for more during Friday's annual Bike to Work Day.


Mail call: Transit advocates will deliver pro-transit postcards to Gov. Dayton

Transportation advocates plan to deliver thousands of post cards to the governor, each with a message decrying proposed cuts to transit service and raising objections to possible fare increases.


Metro Transit student summer passes now on sale

School will be out in a few weeks and that means students who use Go To cards to take Metro Transit to class will be without transportation.