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Weekend traffic: Ramp from west I-94 to south I-35W to close for 10 days

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the ramp from westbound Interstate 94 to southbound Interstate 35W Friday night and it won't reopen until Oct. 22.


Twin Cities Marathon could bring parking and traffic crunch

Runners make their way though downtown Minneapolis at the the start of the Twin Cities Marathon in 2017.

With 100,000 people taking in the events, traffic will be heavier than usual and parking will be more limited than on most weekends in St. Paul.


Snowplow operators to be put to the test Thursday

Snow plow operators from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Hennepin and Ramsey counties will be put to the test Thursday as they run their rigs through an obstacle course.


Poll: Minnesota voters say state should spend more on mass transit

An overwhelming majority of Minnesota voters say the state should spend more money to improve and expand mass transit, and nearly 60 percent of voters are on board with the idea even if it would result in higher taxes or fees to pay for them.


Season's first freeze won't stop weekend closures on I-35E, Crosstown Hwy. 62

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Temperatures in the 20s and 30s Saturday morning won't be enough to stop closures on the Crosstown Hwy. 62 and Interstate 35E in the northeast metro. Lane closures on Interstate 35W through northeast Minneapolis and Roseville could slow motorists down.


Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Gridlock slow to ease on westbound I-94 in downtown Minneapolis as lanes reopen

Late-running road work has westbound I-94 down to one lane near Portland Avenue, and that has resulted in a huge backup.


FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

FTA awards Metro Transit $11 million for new bus garage

The Met Council still needs funding to build the garage that would house up to 200 buses and relieve overcrowding at other facilities.


MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

MnDOT getting snowplow drivers ready for the season

Don't be surprised if you see a snow plow on Hwy. 10 near Little Falls, Minn., this week. Yes, that's right, we're talking snow plows.


Crosstown closure and lane restrictions on I-35W will be weekend's biggest traffic disruptions

Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W during the evening rush hour Friday, June 15, 2018.

The first weekend of fall will have drivers seeing plenty of orange around the metro area, especially along the Crosstown as the Minnesota Department of Transportation closes the eastbound lanes from Interstate 494 to Hwy. 100. Next weekend the westbound lanes close.


Finally finished, Hwy. 169 now at full strength in Champlin

Finally finished, Hwy. 169 now at full strength in Champlin

MnDOT has completed work on the highway, and this week has reopened all lanes in both directions between Hwy. 610 and the Mississippi River bridge.


MnDOT looking to add MnPass lanes to alleviate 494 congestion

MnDOT looking to add MnPass lanes to alleviate 494 congestion

The public is asked to weigh in on plans to add a carpool lane and identify other improvements they'd like to see to make traffic on I-494 flow better through an online survey up for a month.


I-35W in Minneapolis won't be closed all weekend, but part of the Blue Line will

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has called off this weekend's full closure of I-35W, but a Friday night closure of the northbound lanes of the freeway between the Crosstown and downtown Minneapolis will linger into Saturday morning.


Despite daily records, overall State Fair bus ridership falls

Despite daily records, overall State Fair bus ridership falls

Metro Transit reported overall ridership was down 9 percent in 2018 when compared to 2017. MVTA saw a slight drop while SouthWest Transit set a new ridership record.


Downtown motorists could get blocked with football traffic this weekend

Downtown motorists could get blocked with football traffic this weekend

Road construction takes a back seat to football as this weekend's biggest traffic hassles may come with the Vikings' home opener Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium and Gophers playing Saturday evening at TCF Bank Stadium.


Crashes lead to long commute times

Crashes lead to long commute times

The Thursday morning commute has led to some murderous travel times as crashes litter the freeway system.


Wednesday's I-94 closure in downtown Minneapolis called off

MnDOT has called off Wednesday's closure so all lanes will remain open overnight.


Crashes hamper late Wednesday rush hour

Crashes hamper late Wednesday rush hour

As the Wednesday rush hour moves into its final stages, the system is littered with a number of crashes.


Traffic crammed on I-94 in Minneapolis; rollover clears on Hwy. 65 in Fridley

Traffic crammed on I-94 in Minneapolis; rollover clears on Hwy. 65 in Fridley

Westbound I-94 remains crammed from Cedar Avenue to the Lowry Hill Tunnel. One of two crashes has cleared, but the one that remains near Chicago Avenue has traffic crawling in the area.


Man captures his love for Northstar line with new German polka

Man captures his love for Northstar line with new German polka

Make no bones about it, Josh Larson is a huge fan of the Northstar commuter rail line.


Friday traffic: An easy commute with few issues

Friday traffic: An easy commute with few issues

Friday's generally serve up lighter volumes of traffic, and so far that's the case. The busiest routes may be those leading out of town as travelers take advantage of the Labor Day weekend.