Commuters heading into the office during the late portion of the rush hour will find traffic moving well on most routes across the system as earlier crashes and stalls have cleared.

But, of course, there are exceptions. Pockets of heavy traffic remain on westbound I-94 from Cedar Avenue into downtown Minneapolis and on southbound I-35W from Washington Avenue through the downtown commons.

Eastbound 94 also tightens from the Lowry Hill Tunnel past the I-35W exits.

Prepare for a 15-minute trip on westbound I-494 from Hwy 5 over to Hwy. 100. The westbound Crosstown is moving about the same pace.

Elsewhere at 8:45 a.m., traffic maps are green throughout the east metro and the north metro is also looking good.

The 66th Street/35W ramp closures that went into effect Wednesday will last for three weeks. Crews will be moving underground utility lines and repairing concrete curbs and gutters and repaving the ramps.

While the ramps are closed, drivers will be directed to use Penn Avenue to the Crosstown and back to I-35W. Another option is to take Lake Shore Drive to Lyndale Avenue down to the I-494/35W interchange.


In Edina, another ramp closure kicks in Wednesday. It's the entrance ramp to eastbound Crosstown Hwy. 62 at Gleason Road in Edina. Also closing is the ramp from southbound Hwy. 169 to eastbound Crosstown Hwy. 62.

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