This is National Child Passenger Safety Week as proclaimed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the time of year when parents of children are urged to be sure their young passengers are buckled up and in the correct car seat for their age and size.
A semitrailer truck rolled over on the ramp from Dodd Road to westbound I-494 Monday morning leading to a huge backup extending more than 8 miles into Woodbury, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.
The biggest curve ball for drivers this weekend won't be delivered by Twins ace Ervin Santana, rather the Minnesota Department of Transportation which will close the eastbound lanes of I-94 between Brooklyn Center and downtown Minneapolis.
Commuters and Vikings fans had pre-season taste of what traffic can be like in downtown Minneapolis when there is a weekday football game. On Monday, it's the real drill as Adrian Peterson and the New Orleans Saints come to U.S. Bank Stadium for a 6:10 p.m. game.
With all the traffic expected in downtown Minneapolis Thursday night, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has delayed the closure of the westbound lanes of I-94 through the Lowry Hill Tunnel until 11 p.m.
It's a paving operation that will bring a four-day closure of the Wabasha Street bridge in downtown St. Paul. The closure will be in effect from Tuesday through Friday, said city spokesman Joe Ellickson.
Drivers have just six more days until the Lowry Hill Tunnel gets back to normal. That's the word from the Minnesota Department of Transportation which announced Friday that all lanes in both directions will be open in time for the morning rush hour on Thursday Aug. 31.
By far the biggest event on the calendar this weekend is the State Fair, but it's not the only large event that will attract traffic. The Vikings play a pre-season game Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis while another edition of Open Streets will take over Franklin Avenue and the Renaissance Festival continues in Shakopee.
Thousands of commuters heading to jobs at places such as United Health, Comcast and Opus Group in Minnetonka will have to find another route to work as the Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the ramps to and from Hwy. 169 and Bren Road.
Passengers flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport might need extra time to pass through security as all the general lanes at the south security checkpoint in Terminal 1 will be closed for the next three weeks.
The City of Minneapolis will station traffic control agents along Hennepin and Lyndale avenues near the Walker Art Center during the Monday afternoon rush hour to help keep intersections open and traffic moving, a city spokeswoman said.
Construction on mainline routes rolls on but the biggest snags may be on local streets leading to parties, festivals and sporting events across the Twin Cities. Meanwhile light-rail trains won't roll in downtown Minneapolis.