A crash on I-494 WB @ Penn Av. is blocking the right shoulder. Otherwise, better than average travel times this morning in most of the Twin Cities.
Last Updated: 2014-03-14 07:57
|T.H.77 NB S of I-35E to MN RI||5 MIN|
|T.H.77 NB S of I-35E to HWY 62||10 MIN|
|I-35 NB S of Crystal Lake Rd to 494 VIA 35W||11 MIN|
|I-35 NB S of Crystal Lake Rd to 494 VIA 77||13 MIN|
|I-35W SB @ 35th St to 494||8 MIN|
|I-35W SB @ 35th St to MN RI||13 MIN|
|T.H.62 WB E of Portland Ave to 100||6 MIN|
|T.H.62 WB E of Portland Ave to 169||8 MIN|
|I-35W SB @ 4th St to HWY 62||10 MIN|
|I-35W SB @ 4th St to 494||13 MIN|
|I-35E NB S of Lone Oak Rd to RI||5 MIN|
|I-35E NB S of Lone Oak Rd to 94||11 MIN|
|U.S.169 NB S of 36th St to 394||3 MIN|
|U.S.169 NB S of 36th St to 94||12 MIN|
|I-94 WB @ Dale St to HWY 280||4 MIN|
|I-94 WB @ Dale St to I-35W||9 MIN|
|I-35W SB N of Lake Dr to 694||5 MIN|
|I-35W SB N of Lake Dr to HWY 36||8 MIN|
|I-94 WB E of Earl St to HWY 280||9 MIN|
|I-94 WB E of Earl St to I-35W||13 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB N of Cedar Lake Rd to HWY 7||2 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB N of Cedar Lake Rd to HWY 62||6 MIN|
|T.H.10 EB W of Egret Blvd to 35W||6 MIN|
|T.H.10 EB W of Egret Blvd to 694 VIA 35W||9 MIN|
|I-35W SB S of Co Rd E2 to HWY 36||3 MIN|
|I-35W SB S of Co Rd E2 to RI||8 MIN|
|I-94 EB W of Weaver Lake Rd to HWY 100||10 MIN|
|I-94 EB W of Weaver Lake Rd to 394 VIA 494||11 MIN|
|T.H.52 NB @ 70th St to 494||2 MIN|
|T.H.52 NB @ 70th St to RI||8 MIN|
|I-35W NB S of 86th St to HWY 62||4 MIN|
|I-35W NB S of 86th St to 94||14 MIN|
|T.H.62 WB @ Xerxes Ave to 169||6 MIN|
|T.H.62 WB @ Xerxes Ave to 394 VIA 100||10 MIN|
|T.H.62 WB @ Xerxes Ave to 394 VIA 169||11 MIN|
|I-94 EB E of Brockton Ln to HWY 169||8 MIN|
|I-94 EB E of Brockton Ln to 55 VIA 494||12 MIN|
|T.H.212 EB @ Dell Rd to 494||4 MIN|
|T.H.212 EB @ Lyman Blvd to 494||7 MIN|
|T.H.212 EB @ Lyman Blvd to 100 VIA 494||12 MIN|
|T.H.212 EB @ Lyman Blvd to 100 VIA 62||13 MIN|
|I-94 EB @ 25th Ave to HWY 280||3 MIN|
|I-94 EB @ 25th Ave to 35||8 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB @ 49th Ave to 394||7 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB @ 49th Ave to HWY 7||10 MIN|
|I-94 SB @ Lowry Ave to TO 35W||6 MIN|
|I-94 SB @ Lowry Ave to HWY 280||10 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB @ 77th Ave to ROCKFORD RD||5 MIN|
|U.S.169 SB @ 77th Ave to 394||11 MIN|
The first reported crash of the morning is on I-35W SB @ 47th St. The right shoulder is blocked. Otherwise there have been no other accidents on the Twin Cities highways this morning.
This week, I stopped by to test drive the 41st annual Twin Cities Auto Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center and found that the hundreds of cool vehicles on display are loaded with myriad safety features. Some come with sensors to alert drivers when they are about to veer out of a lane without signaling. Others come with complete navigation systems and features that go by the names such as Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
I won't get into all the nuisances because this isn't a car blog. It's a transportation and commuting blog.
It's good to know that car manufacturers are looking out for my welfare. But there is one thing they can't control: My, and your, driving behavior.
Safety is paramount on the roads, and even with all protection built in to today's vehicles the TeenDrive365 exhibit illustrates just how easy it can be to crash one of the $25,000 beauties. For me, it only took 41 seconds.
The hands-on exhibit aimed at teens but appropriate for adults begins with a survey about driving behavior and attitudes about things such as texting, speeding and tailgating while driving. Then it's behind the wheel. That's where participants strap on a 3D visor and take a simulated drive down the street. A friendly host will ask "drivers" to do such tasks as reaching in the back seat for a water bottle, open the glove box, send a text message or tune the radio, all while trying to dodge pedestrians, parked cars and paying attention to changing traffic conditions.
A computer records a driver's actions and displays the results for the world to see. The trek stops when there is a crash or worse. I killed a pedestrian in 41 seconds. Thankfully it was only a drill, and not a real emergency.
"It gets people to rethink the question of distracted driving," said one exhibit representative. "It's definitely an eye-opener."
Participants are given a goodie bag with information about free driving clinics for teens and parents put on by Toyota.
A MnDOT First Unit and tow truck are still on the scene of a crash involving a taxi cab on southbound 94 at 49th Avenue. Traffic slows at 57th Avenue and loosens at Dowling. Things flow well over to Hwy. 280, a 10 minute drive.
Look out for a stalled vehicle blocking the ramp from northbound Cedar Avenue to westbound 494 in Bloomington.
The State Patrol is heading to a new crash on westbound 94 near Manning Avenue. That's not impacting traffic adversely.
A stall is blocking a lane on County Road 30 at Fernbrook Lane in Maple Grove.
That's the worst of things on the roads. The rush has been fairly uneventful.