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8:40 a.m. update: Congestion has firm grip on west metro routes

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: June 16, 2014 - 8:42 AM

An accident on eastbound Hwy. 12 just prior to 394/494 has traffic tied up from Central Avenue to the interchange. The ramp to southbound 494 is also packed due to congestion on 494.

Southbound 494 is a miserable drive from the Fish Lake Interchange past a stall on the right shoulder at Minnetonka Blvd. That will take you 30 minutes or more, so settle in.

Northbound 169 is starting to recover now that a wreck at Anderson Lakes Pkwy. is gone. It's still 15 minutes from Canterbury Road up to 494.

Westbound Hwy. 36 has a hiccup at Dale Street. The crash on the right has traffic creeping along from I-35E. Ahead, things flow much better, but look for tight conditions on southbound 35W from Industrial Blvd. to Washington Avenue.

Northbound 35W hits the skids near 42nd Street. A tow is removing a stalled bus from the right shoulder at Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

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