Unless you are on 494 in Bloomington, 394 in Minneapolis or on the Crosstown, the drive is becoming pleasant at least by rush hour standards.

Most routes are loosening up, including southbound 35W from Hwy. 10 to Hennepin Avenue. That is a drive you can make in 15 minutes.

Things are not nice on eastbound 394 due to a wreck at Penn Avenue. Things are at a standstill starting at Hwy. 100.

All crashes on the Crosstown have cleared, but we still have pockets of slow traffic between 28th Avenue and Hwy. 100. Plan on 15 minutes in each direction.

On northbound 35W, look for a crash on the right shoulder at 35th Street. Give yourself 12 minutes to get from Crosstown to downtown.

I-494 through Bloomington is bumper to bumper in places in both directions between Cedar Avenue and Hwy. 100.

Elsewhere, things are moving swiftly on 494 in Plymouth and Woodbury.

I-94 between the downtowns is a managable drive with 15 minutes needed.

Even 694 is not as tangled as it has been all week, with 15 minutes needed between Hwy. 252 and 35E in both directions.


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Keeping tabs on Thursday's morning commute

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8 a.m. update: Crowding on 494 in Plymouth, crash on 394