Yes, there are freeway closures on tap for the weekend, but for once it's not in downtown Minneapolis. This time it's drivers in the north and south metro who get to play the game of finding an alternate route.
Road construction took a short break for Independence Day, but with the Wednesday holiday in the rear view mirror, it's back to work on projects already underway and full slate of projects that begin on Monday.
With Hwy. 41 over the Minnesota River and other crossings closed, too, motorists are opting to use Hwy. 169 in Shakopee to make the trip north. Be ready for heavy conditions coming up from places such as Prior Lake, Shakopee, Belle Plaine and points south and west.
A wreck that blocked the left lane of southbound I-35W near 42nd Street has cleared. That three-vehicle wreck plugged up traffic back to near downtown. As of 7:55 a.m., the vehicles involved have moved out of the way but it's still crowded in the immediate area.
As the peak of the rush hour approaches, traffic is getting tight on westbound I-94 heading into downtown Minneapolis. Speeds drop around the Mississippi River and it's snug over to the Lowry Hill Tunnel.