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Weekend traffic: West metro bus routes change; DWI crackdown begins

Transit users in the west metro may need to consult maps and schedules as Metro Transit introduces service changes on routes serving St. Louis Park's West End and the I-394 corridor.


St. Paul's High Bridge to close for repairs for more than a year

The Cathedral of St. Paul is seen from the other side of the High Bridge in St. Paul on Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

More detours are coming for St. Paul drivers when the Smith Avenue High Bridge closes on Sept. 5 and won't reopen until the fall of 2018.


I-394 ramp closure: Traffic control agents to help with Hennepin Avenue gridlock during afternoon rush

Traffic delays were growing around Minneapolis as Monday morning commuters had to deal with the closure of the I-394 ramp to I-94 eastbound.

The City of Minneapolis will station traffic control agents along Hennepin and Lyndale avenues near the Walker Art Center during the Monday afternoon rush hour to help keep intersections open and traffic moving, a city spokeswoman said.


Ramp from east I-394 to I-94 now closing a day earlier, starting Sunday

Rush hour I-394 looking eastbound with the Penn Ave N bridge in the foreground.

The ramp from east I-394 to east I-94 in downtown Minneapolis will close Sunday night and not Monday night as the Minnesota Department of Transportation originally announced.


Weekend traffic: Festivals close roads, light rail gets partial shutdown

Construction on mainline routes rolls on but the biggest snags may be on local streets leading to parties, festivals and sporting events across the Twin Cities. Meanwhile light-rail trains won't roll in downtown Minneapolis.


Uber to add in-app chat feature to help riders, drivers find each other

On Thursday, the ride-hailing giant announced it is about to unveil a new in-app chat feature that is designed to make it easier for drivers and riders to get in touch.


Traffic deaths in Minnesota surpass 200 for the year

The number of deaths on Minnesota roads surpassed the 200 mark over the weekend, the state's Office of Traffic Safety said.


Expect significant delays on County 101 in west metro due to road work

Motorists dealing with two years of construction on County Road 101 in the west metro may be happy to know the project is about to come to an end. But before it does, drivers can expect major delays this week.


Pay stations moved, new exits open at MSP airport

FILE PHOTO -- Vehicles exit the parking lot at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Lindbergh Terminal (now Terminal One) in this file photo from November 24, 2004.

A new exit plaza for cars departing all parking ramps at Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport opened Sunday morning.


Weekend traffic: Art fairs, street fairs and Hwy. 169 closure

Things may look pretty at this weekend's Uptown and Powderhorn Park art fairs in Minneapolis, but not so much on the roads. Motorists will need some artful driving to bypass a closure on Hwy. 169 in the west metro and the new lane configuration on I-94 through the Lowry Hill Tunnel.


Motorcyclist going 155 mph among 16,500 speeders cited in Minn. crackdown

A motorcyclist who passed an officer in a "no passing zone" and popped a wheelie while speeding down a Clay County road was among more than 16,580 motorists cited during a two-week speeding enforcement campaign in July.


Lowry Hill Tunnel traffic switch coming Friday morning

The third and final phase of the Lowry Hill Tunnel and nearby bridge project in downtown Minneapolis begins at midnight Thursday and a new lane configuration will be in place in time for the Friday morning rush hour, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.


Semitrailer truck busts 47 lights while driving through Lowry Tunnel

A truck smashes dozens of lights in the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

The driver of a semitrailer truck that illegally drove through the Lowry Hill Tunnel last week and damaged overhead lighting might be getting a hefty bill from the from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. That is, as soon as officials identify the driver.


Ribbon cutting today for milelong St. Croix River Crossing bridge

The opening ceremony for the St. Croix Bridge.

Wednesday's is your last chance to take one last joyride by car over the iconic Stillwater Lift Bridge.


Road worker critically injured by distracted driver in East Bethel

A driver believed to have been distracted hit a woman holding a sign in a construction zone Monday in East Bethel, leaving the worker in grave condition, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.


Five-mile stretch of I-694 in north metro to close overnight Tuesday

Drivers on I-35E in Forest Lake will also face an overnight detour.


Weekend traffic: A trio of stadium concerts and closure on Hwy. 169

It's a musical weekend in the Twin Cities with three stadium concerts on the docket. Billy Joel, the Piano Man, holds court Friday night at Target Field followed on Saturday by Florida Georgia Line. Down the block Guns and Roses complete the trifecta with a show Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.


SouthWest Transit raises fares for State Fair express service

Metro Transit bus and rail fares are not the only ones going up. SouthWest Transit said it's raising fares for its State Fair express service for the first time in 20 years.


A look at how much it costs to ride the bus in other U.S. cities

The Metropolitan Counci will vote Wednesday on a proposal to rasie metro area bus fares by 25 cents. If approved, as expected, the cost to take a local off-peak bus or light-rail ride will rise to $2. Express bus fares would go up to $2.50.


Dashcam shows driver swerving to narrowly avoid head-on crash with distracted driver

This image from a dashcam video shows a Minnesota driver swerving onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on crash with a distracted driver who crossed the center line.

Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel at all times. That's the advice public safety officials have repeated over and over and here is the reason why.