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Freezing drizzle has motorists slipping, sliding, crashing

Freezing drizzle has motorists slipping, sliding, crashing

Light fog and freezing drizzle moved into the metro area and the result has been scores of wrecks and spin outs.


New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday

New East Bush Lake Road ramp to I-494 may open to drivers by Friday

Bloomington motorists have waited a long long time - 58 years to be exact - for a ramp leading from East Bush Lake Road to westbound Interstate 494, and the wait is nearly over.


Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year

Weekend I-35W closure in Minneapolis will be last of the year

Drivers can plan on more weekend closures in the spring as the $239 million I-35W downtown-to-Crosstown project continues until 2021. In a shred of good news, MnDOT will reopen ramp access from northbound I-35W to 5th Avenue on Monday.


Here we go again: 35W closing this weekend between I-94, Crosstown

MnDOT closed the ramps to general traffic in June as part of the massive $239 million downtown-to-Crosstown reconstruction project.

Winter's arrival has not put the chill on road construction as drivers will encounter another weekend freeway closure in Minneapolis, and bridge work in Forest Lake is expected to bring traffic delays.


Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

Slippery roads spawn scores of morning rush hour crashes

It's hardly a big snow storm, but snow combined with temperatures at or just below freezing is all it takes to create slick conditions on metro area roads.


Closure on I-494 in Bloomington will be weekend's biggest impediment

Traffic bunched up on northbound I-35W near 33rd Street where the freeway was reduced to two lanes as part of a major road construction project that i

This weekend, weather permitting, eastbound lanes between Hwy. 212 and Hwy. 100 will be closed until Monday morning as work on the new ramps and overpass at East Bush Lake Road continues.


A partial closure of I-494 in Bloomington on tap for the weekend

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The westbound lanes will be shut down between Hwy. 100 and Hwy. 212 until 5 a.m. Monday as crews continue work on the new westbound on ramp at East Bush Lake Road.


Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Fall street sweeping underway in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Both cities will clean hundreds of miles of residential streets over the next four weeks. Residents should watch for "No Parking" signs to be posted the day before a street is swept.


With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With whimsical mural, artist makes Uptown Transit Station metro's most colorful stop

With paint brush and palette featuring a rainbow of colors in hand - but with no particular plan - Ashley Mary set out Monday morning to transform the Uptown Transit Station into the metro area's most colorful bus stop.


Autumn is most deadly time for pedestrians

Pedestrians in downtown Minneapolis are guided or cautioned by a cacophony of disembodied voices.

Crashes involving pedestrians and motor vehicles increases during the fall when daylight hours decrease.


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.