Friday's morning rush hour had a winter feel to it as overnight snow and rain froze to bridge decks and ramps, and that led to a number of early morning spin outs.
A handful of crashes occurred on Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 55 in the Inver Grove Heights and Rosemount areas while a least three vehicle slid into concrete medians or spun out on Hwy. 110 in the vicinity of I-494 and Robert Street.
City streets and secondary roads also served up a few fender benders due to the icy conditions. Paramedics attended to a driver involved in a rollover crash on County Road 42 in the area of Newton Avenue around 6:30 a.m. That's just west of County Road 5
A couple stalls inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel created a mess in downtown Minneapolis, with the latest clearing about 30 minutes ago. At present, I-94 in both directions downtown are about back to normal for this time of the day.
Southbound 35W drivers got stuck in a standstill when a couple vehicle collided at County Road H around 7:50 a.m. That added a good 5 to 7 minutes for commuters between Lake Drive and 694.
Big changes are in store for drivers on I-494. Starting with Monday morning's commute, the freeway will be down to two southbound lanes and one northbound lane in the mornings and two northbound lanes and one southbound lane in the afternoons. MnDOT will use a moveable barrier to control traffic. But this one has the potential to be a real nightmare, so plan ahead.
Many drivers may just head over to Hwy. 169, but that route is already very busy and there is little room for it to absorb 494 drivers.