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Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park is to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 18, 2014 - 9:01 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut down both directions of Hwy. 100 at 36th Street in St. Louis Park from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

Southbound motorists will be advised to exit at I-394, with Hwy. 169 as a decent alternate. Northbound motorists will be advised to exit at the Crosstown. Again Hwy. 169 is a decent alternate.

All access to local roads and neighborhoods will be maintained, meaning southbound drivers will still be able to get off Hwy. 100 at Cedar Lake Road and Minnetonka Blvd./Hwy. 7.   Northbound motorists will be able to access roads north of the Crosstown up to Excelsior Blvd.

MnDOT has been working on a pavement removal project on the W. 36th Street bridge for the past couple weeks. Last week, vibration from the equipment caused a piece of concrete to fall from the bridge. The chunk hit a vehicle passing under the bridge.

As a safety precaution, MnDOT has decided to close Hwy. 100 when working on the bridge.

"We are aware of the construction and traffic impacts on adjacent highways and we realize the short term closure on Hwy 100 may be an inconvenience," the agency said. "However we feel it is in the best interest of the public to work on the bridge when there isn't traffic underneath it."

9 a.m. update: Rush hour wrap up

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:59 AM

It was an active rush hour indeed with scores of crashes and lots of congestion. The trouble started just after 6 a.m. with a wreck that tangled traffic on eastbound 94 at Hwy. 101. That led to a backup that extended back to Albertville's County Road 37.

In the core of the metro, northbound 35W was plugged up from Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis. A motorist who ran out of gas at 46th Street, a late stall at 50th Street and a fender bender at Franklin Avenue crammed up traffic. At this hour, things are still creeping along with 18 minutes from Hwy. 62 to I-94.

Westbound 94 saw crowded conditions from 7:15 a.m. through the rush. A crash at Lexington Avenue got things started and congestion is still hampering the drive.

Lakeville drivers were slowed by a wreck at County Road 50. That had things stacked up back to 210th Street.

While Hwy. 100 escaped the crash action until a few minutes ago and flowed well, I-494 and the Crosstown suffered most of the morning with drive times that were nearly double normal.

Here are our current list of crashes and where you'll run into delays:

  • Eastbound Hwy. 10 at Hwy. 65
  • Southbound 494 at Carlson Pkwy.
  • Westbound Hwy. 36 at Lexington Avenue
  • Southbound 35E at Hwy. 36
  • Stall on Northbound 35W at 48th Street just cleared, but traffic is jammed from Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis
  • Eastbound 94 at Snelling due to the right lane closed for utility work
  • Northbound Hwy. 100 at 394
  • Westbound 94 at Hamline Avenue. Ramp is closed for construction

Transit providers didn't report any delays as buses and trains ran close to on time.

8:30 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Congestion has a choke hold on both directions of I-35W in south Minneapolis. Northbound is plugged from Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis  And much of that is due to a motorist who ran out of gas in the HOT lane at 46th Street.  An earlier fender bender at Franklin Avenue is gone.

The story is the same on the Crosstown in both directions between 35W and Hwy. 169.  And on westbound 94 from White Bear Avenue past a crash at Lexington Avenue in St. Paul.

Look for it to be a slow slow roll from Lake Drive to 35E on westbound 494 from Woodbury to Mendota Heights.

And it's a minor set back for eastbound Hwy. 10 drivers at Hwy. 65 where a stall is blocking the left lane.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 28 minutes

Southbound 35E from County J to I-94: 24 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 13 minutes

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 13 minutes. Eastbound is 15 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Crow River to 494: 13 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 11 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 14 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 19 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 20 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 14 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 35 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 20 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 24 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 10 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 12minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 17 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 12 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 22 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 15 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 15 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 14 minutes.  Eastbound 94 from Olson Hwy. to Snelling: 14 minutes

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 11 minutes.

8:15 a.m. update: A long list of crashes and slow traffic

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Safe to say that anybody on the roads at this hour will likely be late, especially if travels include I-35W in south Minneapolis.  Both directions are crammed between downtown and the Crosstown, 15 to 18 minutes each way.

Westbound 94 is running well below the posted, so plan on adding lots of extra time to the drive. It's 27 minutes westbound from Manning Avenue to Hwy. 280.

Here are our current trouble spots:

  • Westbound 94 at Lexington Avenue
  • Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 280 to Snelling Avenue
  • Stall in the HOT lane northbound 35W at 46th Street and another ahead at 35th
  • Eastbound Hwy. 10 at Hwy. 65
  • Westbound 494 at Lake Road in Woodbury. Crammed across the Wakota Bridge to Hardman Av.
  • Eastbound 494 at Carlson Pkwy.
  • Ramp closed for road work, westbound 94 at Hamline Avenue

8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 18, 2014 - 8:02 AM

The 8 a.m. hour is not being kind to commuters. Heavy traffic on northbound 35W is making for a dashboard pound drive of nearly 20 minutes. 

Westbound 94 is not much better as traffic hits the skids on the east side of St. Paul and remains thick over to Hwy. 280.

Motoring is very slow on westbound 494 from Lake Road in Woodbury to 35E. That is at 20 minutes with a crash at Lake Road.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 31 minutes

Southbound 35E from County J to I-94: 28 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 13 minutes

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 13 minutes. Eastbound is 15 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Crow River to 494: 20 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 11 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 14 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 20 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 21 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 14 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 35 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 19 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 26 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 12 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 11 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 15 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 11 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 22 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 13 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 16 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 14 minutes.  Eastbound 94 from Olson Hwy. to Snelling: 17 minutes

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 8 minutes.

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