Fridays in the summer often bring lighter traffic levels and that was the case today. We had hardly any crashes and the delays that did develop were mainly in work zones.
One of those was on eastbound 94 from Huron Blvd. to Hwy. 280 where the right lane was taken out of service to allow crews to paint a noise wall. A crash in the right lane also added to the jam that formed around 7:30 a.m. Traffic is better now, but expect slow downs in the area.
Road work also took out lanes on northbound Hwy. 52/55 in Inver Grove Heights. Single file traffic slowed from 117th Avenue to Concord Blvd. and again on Hwy. 55 between the two junctions with Hwy. 149 in Eagan.
Drive times remained pleasant elsewhere, even on I-35W in both the north and south metro. Motorist kept moving right past a fender bender on northbound 35W at 98th Street. If drivers everywhere could follow their lead at accident sites and keep right on going.
Metro Transit buses and trains ran without incident. This weekend, plan on disruptions on the Blue Line as some stations will be served by buses when a maintenance and construction project kicks in at 7 p.m. and lasts through the weekend. Here are the details.
Photo: Hwy. 52 at Hwy. 55 in Inver Grove Heights.