It's close to perfect on the roads at this hour. Only one snag, if you can call it that, in the form of a stall on the right shoulder of northbound 35W at University Avenue.
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With many people taking Friday off and turning Independence Day into a long holiday weekend, Metro Transit and suburban transit providers are expecting fewer riders and are adjusting service to reflect decreased demand. That could catch some commuters off guard as the official holiday is not until Saturday.
A 53-year-old man became the state's 25th motorcycle fatality on Thursday when he crashed his bike on a rural Stearns County road while trying to flee police.
Round two of the Cedar Avenue bridge repair project beginning Friday night could throw commuting patterns in the south metro back into chaos while a weekend closure of the reversible carpool lanes on I-394 will throw a curve ball to fans heading to the Twins' homestand with the Chicago Cubs at Target Field.
Driving a 40-foot Metro Transit bus through rush hour traffic is no small feat. Doing it for 35 years without having a crash is another.
Freeways are for motor vehicles, not for bicyclists, yet on consecutive mornings this week the State Patrol had to shoo person-powered two-wheelers off the mainline.