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This weekend in traffic: Road work, baseball and DWI enforcement

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: May 10, 2013 - 11:42 AM

 

 

The Minnesota Twins return to Target Field to open a homestand with games Friday through Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Thousands will descend on the Mall of America for walks and races as part of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events on Sunday.  And officers will be out looking for inebriated drivers.

The fishing opener and Mother's Day will make for a busy weekend on the roads. Here is what you can expect as you try to get around

Drunken driving crackdown

The warning is out for those who drink and drive. More than 150 patrols will be on the roads Friday night looking for drunken drivers, making it the largest one-night DWI enforcement effort ever in the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies also will be looking for drivers who are texting and driving, the Department of Public Safety said.

As part of the enforcement, arrests will be posted on Twitter at @MnDPS_OTS, #May10DWI.

Drunk driving accounts for one-third of Minnesota road deaths annually while up to 30,000 people are arrested for DWI each year, according to the Department of Public Safety.

 Major road work

We've been talking about this all week, but in the event you missed the news portions of I-94 and I-35W in downtown Minneapolis will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. Here are the affected areas:

• Southbound I-35W will be closed from Hiawatha Avenue (Hwy. 55) to the I-94/35W split.

 • Northbound I-35W will be closed from the downtown exits over to Hwy. 280.

 • Eastbound I-94 will be closed from the I-35W/94 split to Hiawatha Avenue (Hwy. 55).

 • Westbound I-94 will be closed from Hwy. 280 over to the downtown Minneapolis exits

Road work in south metro

It's been in progress for about a week now, but here is a reminder that southbound I-35E is closed at County Road 42 in Burnsville. MnDOT is replacing the flyover bridge that carries traffic over 35W to south 35. That bridge will reopen in June.

Delays could be lengthy on 94 near Clearwater

And another reminder for motorists heading northwest to the lake or cabin on I-94. Both directions are reduced to a single lane between Hwy. 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud. MnDOT says backups during peak hours could stretch for miles.

A number of motorists might opt to use Hwy. 10.  Another alternate would be to take Hwy. 55 west to Buffalo and then north on Hwy. 25 to Monticello. (Reverse that coming home). That might save the frustration of sitting in traffic should backups occur, especiall on Sunday when many people are heading back to town.

Race for the Cure

Expect lots of activity in and around the Mall of America as the Susan G. Komen organization holds its annual Race for the Cure events to raise money for breast cancer research.

Activities run from 6 a.m. to noon with races, walks and celebrations. Here are the streets that will be blocked off:
 24th Avenue, Lindau Lane, American Blvd., 12th Avenue S., 86th Street and Old Shakopee Road. Here is a map of the road closures.

As a result, several Metro Transit routes will be on detour. They include routes 5, 515, 538, 539 and 540. Check the transit agency's web sites for more details. 

Two Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes also will be on detour, southbound route 444 and eastbound 445.
 
Gateway Trail closing Sunday night

Even bicyclists won't be able to escape all the road construction that's going on. Starting at 10 p.m. Sunday,both directions of the state trail tunnel that passes under Hwy. 36 in Pine Springs and Lake Elmo will close for a week. It is scheduled to reopen on May 20. 

The trail closure is necessary as crews perform drainage work along the trail as part of the Highway 36/Hilton Trail reconstruction project.

 

 

 

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