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Weekend traffic: Hwy. 169 lane restrictions, Kellogg Blvd. bridge closure and Vikings

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 27, 2014 - 12:09 PM

While no major freeway closings are on tap for the weekend, MnDOT will be reconfiguring Hwy. 169 over the Bloomington Ferry Bridge, which will have traffic in both directions down to a single lane in each direction. Naturally, there are plenty of other projects that could affect your travels in the metro area.

The weather should cooperate for outdoor activities, which include the Vikings game against the high-flying Atlanta Falcons. The kickoff  is at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. For those heading to the game, here's parking and transit info.

Also on tap is the National Alliance on Mental Illness walk Saturday at Minnehaha Park, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Saturday Target Field and the last weekend of the Renaissance Festival.

The Wild have a preseason game at the X in downtown St. Paul with the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night. Note: The Kellogg Blvd. bridge will be out of commission until Monday when it will reopen with fewer traffic lanes. Inspectors found deficiencies in the structure rendering the outside lanes unusable.

And here's something that doesn't happen every day. They're going to wash windows of a high rise on Dean Pkwy. in Minneapolis and close the road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Lake Street to the Mid-Town Greenway bridge.---THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 

Here is an update from the Minnesota Department of Transportation: The eastbound I-694 ramp to southbound I-35E in Little Canada is open and will not be closing this weekend.

Here's a list of roads that are closed for the weekend and beyond.

Hwy 169 in Shakopee and Bloomington

As I reported on the blog Wednesday, MnDOT is taking away the extra lanes that were added in June to help traffic flow when spring floods forced the closure of the Hwy. 101 and 41 crossings over the Minnesota River. That greatly increased traffic volume on Hwy. 169 until the reopened.

With the extra traffic, MnDOT reconfigured the highway between Hwy. 101 and Old Shakopee Road to handle the influx. With winter coming, MnDOT needs the shoulders for snow storage and to restore lanes to their normal width.

While crews repaint, northbound traffic will be a single lane between County Road 18 in Shakopee and Pioneer Trail in Bloomington from 4 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Southbound lanes will be single file from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday, and then again Sunday evening until 5 a.m. Monday.

I-35W and University Avenue/4th Street ramp near the U of M

Construction on northbound I-35W between the University Avenue/4th Street exit and Johnson Street continues. Prepare for slow traffic in the area as motorists navigate lane shifts and periodic lane closures.

Here are some of the impacts that remain:

  • Northbound I-35W between Washington Avenue and Hennepin Avenue will have periodic lane closures.
  • The three lanes of northbound I-35W between University Ave Northeast and the Johnson Street exit will remain open for the majority of the project, but will shift toward the center median.
  • The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit from northbound I-35W is closed. Motorists should use the Johnson Street exit. The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit will be closed permanently as crews reconfigure the Johnson Street ramp to serve Johnson Street, New Brighton Boulevard and Stinson Boulevard.
  • 4th Street South between the southbound I-35W/eastbound Hwy 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue will be closed through late September.

4th Street in downtown Minneapolis

This street closed from I-35W to Washington/Cedar Avenue until late September as crews reconstruct the road and new turn lanes for northbound I-35W entrance ramp.. Drivers can still get onto southbound 35W, but those heading to the University of Minnesota will need to follow this detour: Northbound on Park Avenue, then right on Washington Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

12th Avenue bridge over 494 in Bloomington

Work began earlier this week on fixing the bridge. Repairs will continue through Oct. 10. Here's the recommended detours:

Southbound drivers will detoured to westbound 77th Street, then south on Portland Avenue and east on American Blvd.
Northbound traffic will be detoured to westbound American Boulevard, then north on Portland Avenue and east on 77th Street.

94th Street bridge over I-35W in Bloomington

The ramps to and from I-35W to 94th are back open, but the bridge over the freeway will be under construction for another month.

Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge over Hwy 100

The County Road 152/Brooklyn Boulevard bridge is closed to motorists and pedestrians through late October. A new bridge deck is being built.

I-35E in St. Paul

The ramp from westbound 94 to northbound 35E opened last week, and that has made getting through St. Paul a tad easier. But we still have a lot of construction just north of downtown. Here is what is still shut down:

  • Little Canada Road to southbound I-35E
  • Southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Roselawn Avenue to southbound I-35E
  • Maryland Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Roselawn Avenue
  • Roselawn Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to westbound Highway 36
  • Northbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Little Canada Road

One other note: The ramp from southbound I-35E to southbound Hwy 52 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake

Hwy 61 between White Bear Avenue and north of Hwy 96 is reduced to a single lane. There are multiple streets that are closed where they intersect with Hwy 61.

Hwy. 77/Cedar Avenue in Bloomington

Various lanes will be closed and shifted near the Mall of America and I-494, so watch the signs.  Additionally, northbound ramps to and from I-494 are closed through mid-October. Detour signs will be posted, but here they are:

  • Eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 77 detour: Use northbound 34th Street and westbound I-494.
  • Northbound Hwy 77 to westbound I-494 detour: Use the I-494/Hwy 5 west exit that is located one-half mile south of the I-494/Hwy 77 interchange.

Hwys. 149 and 55 in Eagan

The section of highway between Lone Oak Road and the north intersection of  Hwy. 149 will have alternating lane closures through November. That means single lane in each direction. Also in the area, Hwy. 149 will be single lane between I-494 and Hwy. 55.

Kellogg Blvd. bridge in St. Paul

The bridge will close at 9 a.m. Friday. Public Works crews will use this time to restripe the bridge, put up new signage and other traffic devices. Signal timing also will be modified, the City said.

It will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday with traffic restricted to three lanes with a narrower path for pedestrians and cyclists to share.

Hwy 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers

Lane closures; Northbound to eastbound County Road 144 is closed; westbound County Road 144 to northbound Hwy 101 is closed; County Road 144 is closed between James Road and the Hwy 101 construction; Hwy 101 between South Diamond Lake Road and 147th Street is single lane.  Here is a heads up: New northbound lanes of Hwy. 101 opened this week, so don't rely on muscle memory to navigate the area.

Hwy. 36 in east metro

This long-running project has the road down to a single lane through Oak Park Heights and Stillwater from Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 95.

Hwy. 55 in Golden Valley

A CenterPoint Energy utility reconstruction project is scheduled to start Thursday, Sept 25 in Golden Valley along Winnetka Ave between Harold Ave and Golden Valley Rd. The three- to six-week project will have a significant impact on traffic due to lane shifts and closures, but full access will be maintained to all businesses and residents. Detours will be set up to encourage through-traffic to use Wisconsin Ave or Rhode Island Ave for Hwy 55 access

Southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13

The southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13 is closed through late fall as part of a Dakota County project. 

I-494 in Plymouth

MnDOT is widening bridges between and other work ahead of a freeway expansion project that will bring a third lane in each direction between Hwy. 55 and Bass Lake Road. Night and weekend lane shifts and closures on I-494 can be expected through November as crews remove the guardrails to reconstruct the road shoulders.

Weekend traffic: Part of I-494 closed in Bloomington

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 4, 2014 - 1:30 PM

The biggest travel disruption of the weekend will be in Bloomington where a short segment of I-494 at Cedar Avenue will be closed Friday night through Monday morning.

It's one of several road construction projects that motorists will encounter while moving around the metro area.

Roads around Minnehaha Park will be closed Saturday for the Monarch Festival, which celebrates butterflies and serves up activities with the flavor of Mexico. The Renaissance Festival continues Saturday and Sunday, so look for extra traffic on Hwy. 169 in Shakopee.

Meanwhile, the Twins are home Thursday through Sunday against the Anaheim Angels at Target Field and the University of Minnesota football team has a home game against Middle Tennessee State at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Traffic will be heaviest around the U from 11 a.m. until kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and in the hour or so after the game. University officials say drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while traveling to and around campus. Carpooling and alternate methods (transit, bike, walk) are highly recommended.

Here is a link to parking information if you choose to drive. If transit is your option, the Green Line stops at Stadium Village, right across from the stadium. Several bus routes also stop near the stadium. Metro Transit Northstar Trains will run on their normal weekend and Twins schedule.

SouthWest Transit will run express service from stations in Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie.The fare is $5. Here is the schedule.

Here is your guide to this weekend's road work

MnDOT will be tearing down the northbound Cedar Avenue bridge over I-494, and to do so the agency will close 494 in both directions at Cedar from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

During the closure, westbound traffic will be diverted onto northbound Cedar Avenue to the Crosstown, then west on Crosstown to I-35W, then south back to 494.

Eastbound traffic will be sent north on I-35W to the Crosstown, then east on Crosstown to Hwy. 55 to westbound Hwy. 5, then back east on I-494.

One eastbound lane will remain open for motorists who need to access Lyndale, Nicollet and Portland Avenues. MnDOT warns that extra time will be needed as lanes could be closed at times. A suggestion would be for drivers to use 35W south and get off at 82nd St, then head east. 

Cedar Avenue near the Mall of America

Mall of America shoppers and those passing by on Cedar Avenue will need to be on alert for traffic switches, narrow lanes and construction between 66th Street and Old Shakopee Road.

The ramps from eastbound I-494 to northbound Cedar Avenue and the northbound Cedar Avenue to westbound I-494 will be closed through mid-October.

Motorists on eastbound I-494 who need to access northbound Cedar Avenue will be detoured to northbound 34th Street and back west on I-494.  Northbound Cedar drivers needing to go west on I-494 should use the west I-494/Hwy. 5 exit one-half mile to the south. Detour signs will be posted, MnDOT says.

I-35E in St. Paul

The ramp from westbound 94 to northbound 35E opened this week, and that has made getting through St. Paul a tad easier. But look out for a new closure south of downtown on Saturday and Sunday. The freeway will be reduced to a single lane between Randolph Avenue and Victoria Street as MnDOT does bridge maintenance. Most of the alternating lane closures will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., but sometimes work does run longer.

North of downtown, reconstruction of 35E continues, and so do the numerous ramp closures that have been in place for the past few months. Here is a list:

  • Little Canada Road to southbound I-35E
  • Southbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Roselawn Avenue to southbound I-35E
  • Maryland Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Roselawn Avenue
  • Roselawn Avenue to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to westbound Highway 36
  • Northbound I-35E to eastbound Highway 36
  • Westbound and eastbound Highway 36 to northbound I-35E
  • Northbound I-35E to Little Canada Road

And now for something that actually opening.  Phalen Boulevard/Pennsylvania Avenue will reopen at Interstate 35E by the end of the day Friday, MnDOT says. During its closure, crews lowered a portion of Phalen Boulevard/Pennsylvania Avenue to avoid future height restrictions with new I-35E overpasses.

After reopening to traffic, Phalen Boulevard/Pennsylvania Avenue will remain a single lane in each direction at I-35E through late 2015 for ongoing bridge construction.

Hwy. 100 and W. 36th Street in St. Louis Park

The first signs of a planned rebuild of Hwy. 100 through St. Louis Park will show up this weekend, although they won't be all that noticeable. Crews will start getting ready for a resurfacing project on the W. 36th Street bridge that begins Monday. This weekend they'll be removing medians on both ends of the bridge, so drivers should expect some off-peak, temporary lane restrictions.

Starting Monday, W. 36th Street between Park Center Boulevard and Xenwood Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction Crews will work on one side of the bridge while motorists travel on the opposite side. Plan on that to be in place for a month.

No lanes on Hwy. 100 will affected. However, motorists should be on the lookout for slow traffic caused by heavy equipment and trucks moving around in the area.

I-35W and University Avenue/4th Street ramp near the U of M

Construction on northbound I-35W between the University Avenue/4th Street exit and Johnson Street continues. Prepare for slow traffic in the area as motorists navigate lane shifts and periodic lane closures.

Here are some of the impacts that remain:

  • Northbound I-35W between Washington Avenue and Hennepin Avenue will have periodic lane closures.
  • The three lanes of northbound I-35W between University Ave Northeast and the Johnson Street exit will remain open for the majority of the project, but will shift toward the center median.
  • The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit from northbound I-35W is closed. Motorists should use the Johnson Street exit. The New Brighton Boulevard/Stinson Boulevard exit will be closed permanently as crews reconfigure the Johnson Street ramp to serve Johnson Street, New Brighton Boulevard and Stinson Boulevard.
  • 4th Street South between the southbound I-35W/eastbound Hwy 55 entrance ramp and Washington Avenue will be closed through late September.

4th Street in downtown Minneapolis

This street closed from I-35W to Washington/Cedar Avenue until late September as crews reconstruct the road and new turn lanes for northbound I-35W entrance ramp.. Drivers can still get onto southbound 35W, but those heading to the University of Minnesota will need to follow this detour: Northbound on Park Avenue, then right on Washington Avenue to Cedar Avenue.

The flyover bridge from northbound 35W to 3rd Street and downtown Minneapolis also is closed and will be until Sept. 23. The detour is to use Washington Avenue to Chicago Avenue, then back to 3rd Street.

Hwys. 149 and 55 in Eagan

The section of highway between Lone Oak Road and the north intersection of  Hwy. 149 will have alternating lane closures through November. That means single lane in each direction.

Also in the area, Hwy. 149 will be single lane between I-494 and Hwy. 55.

Northbound Hwy 65 in Fridley, Spring Lake Park

Northbound Hwy 65 between Medtronic Parkway/Old Central Avenue and County Road 10 is closed and detoured.

Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge over Hwy 100

The County Road 152/Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge is closed to motorists and pedestrians through mid-October.

Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake

Hwy 61 between White Bear Avenue and north of Hwy 96 is reduced to a single lane. There are multiple streets that are closed where they intersect with Hwy 61.

Hwy 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers

Lane closures; Northbound to eastbound County Road 144 is closed; westbound County Road 144 to northbound Hwy 101 is closed; County Road 144 is closed between James Road and the Hwy 101 construction; Hwy 101 between South Diamond Lake Road and 147th Street is single lane.

Southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13

The southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13 is closed through late fall as part of a Dakota County project.

County Road 61/Flying Cloud Drive in Chaska

Look for flaggers and construction in the vicinity of County 61/Flying Cloud Drive and the intersection of Hwy. 101.

In addition, both directions of County Road 61 will close east of Great Plains Blvd. at Bluff Creek. Motorists traveling west on County 61 will not have access to the Hwy. 101 bridge into Shakopee. The bridge itself will be open to traffic between Shakopee and Eden Prairie.

94th Street Bridge over I-35W in Bloomington

The 94th Street bridge over I-35W in Bloomington is closed through mid-October. Ramps to and from northbound 94th are expected to be back open by Friday evening, MnDOT says. The southbound I-35W ramps to and from 94th Street will remain closed through mid-September

Hwy. 169 in Edina

The northbound lanes are closed from I-494 to Bren Road. Detour: Westbound I-494 to eastbound I-394 or eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy. 100, then west on I-394.

I-494 in Plymouth

MnDOT is widening bridges between and other work ahead of a freeway expansion project that will bring a third lane in each direction between Hwy. 55 and Bass Lake Road. The northbound lanes at the Canadian Pacific Rail will be reduced to a single lane so crews can widen the bridge. Night and weekend lane shifts on I-494 can be expected through November as crews remove the guardrails to reconstruct the road shoulders.

Hwy. 36 in east metro

This long-running project has the road down to a single lane through Oak Park Heights and Stillwater from Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 95.

I-694 ramp to southbound 35E in Little Canada

The exit ramp is closed. Road maintenance work is in progress. Expect delays through the completion of the project set for Sept. 19.

Traffic will detour east on I-694 to Hwy. 61 and use the loops to return westbound to southbound I-35E.

Hwy. 7 in St. Louis Park

Be cautious as you pass through the bridge reconstruction zone at Louisiana Avenue. Traffic has been switched to the new Hwy. 7 bridge and a few changes recently went into effect.

  • The ramp from westbound Hwy 7 to northbound Louisiana Avenue is open.
  • Walker Street is open east of Louisiana Avenue and closed west of Louisiana Avenue.
  • Lake Street is open east of Louisiana Avenue and closed west of Louisiana Avenue. The exit off of Hwy. 7 is closed indefinitely.
  • Louisiana Avenue will be one lane in each direction through the duration of this project.

Here are a few detours that are still in effect: To go from eastbound Hwy. 7 to northbound Louisiana Avenue, use northbound Texas Avenue to eastbound Minnetonka Blvd.  To go southbound on Louisiana Avenue from Hwy 7, take southbound Blake Road to eastbound Excelsior Avenue.

Hwy. 5 in Waconia

Lanes are narrower than normal, so wide loads will need to avoid the area. No vehicles wider than 11 feet will be permitted until Sept. 15 at County Roads 51 and 151.  County 51 to the south and 151 to the north is closed at highway 5. Follow detour signs.

Hwy. 55 between Rockford and Buffalo

Motorists will encounter overnight delays on Hwy. 55 between Rockford and Buffalo as lanes close and flaggers hold traffic for up to 20 minutes at a time Thursday through Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning.

Flaggers and a pilot car will allow one-way, alternating traffic through each night’s work zone. Drivers entering a work zone from roads or driveways that intersect Highway 55 must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the work zone

Minneapolis Parkways

The MDRA City of Lakes 25K takes place from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, affecting parkways surrounding Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.

On Saturday, the Monarch Festival with Aztec Dance, puppets from the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and spicy music and food takes over Lake Nokomis Pkwy. and part of Minnehaha Pkwy from 42nd to 50th Streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.  The epicenter of activity will be at Woodlawn Blvd and 49th Street.

Good riddance to last traffic light on Hwy. 52 between Twin Cities and Rochester

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: September 3, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Good riddance to the last traffic light on Hwy. 52 between the Twin Cities and Rochester.

MnDOT crews turned off the power Tuesday and today they are cutting down the fixtures at the intersection of Goodhue County Road 24 in Cannon Falls. Motorists will now be able to drive along the heavily-traveled corridor without encountering any traffic signals.

A signal on the south end of Cannon Falls was removed in July as part of a $14.3 million project aimed at making driving through Cannon Falls safer. Between 2004 and 2014, the two signalized intersections in the city saw 124 crashes, which resulted in three serious injuries and one death, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

A new interchange was built, County Road 24 was realigned and new frontage roads were built. Four other intersections with out traffic lights were eliminated.

“This important safety project taking place in Cannon Falls is another improvement for motorists, reflecting MnDOT’s focus on safety, while enhancing an efficient and effective transportation system,” said Jeff Vlaminck, district engineer in Rochester for MnDOT’s District 6.

Other upgrades in the area are underway. MnDOT is rebuilding the interchange at Hwy. 52 and County Road 9, seven miles south of Cannon Falls. That project, which should be complete this fall, should provide safer crossing and improved exit and acceleration lanes, said Mike Dougherty, a MnDOT spokesman.

While traffic signals are gone, motorists still need to pay attention and expect delays while passing through Cannon Falls. A repaving project continues and the highway is reduced to a single lane in both directions.

Photo: Courtesy MnDOT
 

Weekend traffic: Parts of I-35W and Metro Blue Line to shut down in Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 8, 2014 - 10:53 AM

Work abounds on both the roads and the rails in the metro area this weekend as MnDOT will close the southbound lanes of I-35W through south Minneapolis and Metro Transit has a big maintenance and construction project scheduled along the Blue Line.

Congestion and possible gridlock will be the problem Friday afternoon as football traffic will be pouring into Minneapolis just as commuting traffic is trying to make its way out. The Vikings play their first game at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota at 7 p.m. against the Oakland Raiders. See yesterday's blog post on tips to getting to the game.

The Irish Fair of Minnesota will draw crowds to Harriet Island in downtown St. Paul for step dancing, gaelic sports and all things, well Irish, Friday through Sunday. Look extra traffic on Robert and Wabasha Streets as well as on I-94 and Hwy. 52.  Rod Stewart and Santana rock out at the Xcel Energy Center Sunday night.

I-35W closure

Originally set for midnight Friday, MnDOT has pushed back the closure of southbound I-35W from Hwy. 55/Hiawatha Avenue to 46th Street to 5 a.m. Saturday. The lanes will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday.   Northbound lanes will remain open. However, be advised that northbound lanes will be shut down Sept. 5-8.

The detour will take drivers west on I-94 to west I-394 to south Hwy. 100 to east Crosstown. The closure is needed while crews survey I-35W for a road construction project between 46th Street and I-94 scheduled for summer 2017. Bridge inspection and other maintenance needs also will be conducted.

Metro Blue Line

Trains will not pick up or drop off passengers at the 50th Street and VA Medical stations from 7 p.m. Friday to midnight. Riders needing to begin or end their trips at either station can board replacement buses at either the 46th Street Station or at Fort Snelling

Throughout the rest of the weekend, here is where buses will operate in place of trains as Metro Transit does platform construction and track maintenance.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, Blue Line service will not be available between the Franklin Avenue Station and Terminal 2-Humphrey. Buses will fill in the gap.  Trains will run between Target Field and Franklin and the Humphrey stop at the MSP Airport and the Mall of America.   Trains will shuttle passengers between airport stops as well.

Passengers needing to get from the airport to downtown Minneapolis will take a Blue Line train to Humphrey-Terminal 2, and catch a bus from there.

From 3 a.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday, trains will run from downtown Minneapolis to the 46th Street Station and from the airport stations to the Mall of America.  Buses will fill in between 46th Street and Terminal 2.

Vikings traffic

Expect heavy traffic this afternoon as thousands head to the Vikings' first game at TCF Bank Stadium at the U of M. Football fans will tangle with evening commuters, so plan on gridlock around the area and be thrilled if it doesn't materialize. Here is a guide to getting to the game.

The game also will put some Metro Transit routes 118, 252, 579, 652, 789 and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority routes 465 and 475 buses on detour as Oak Street between 4th Street and 6th Street SE. will be closed starting at 11 a.m. The best advice is to look for your bus at Oak Street and Washington Ave. SE.

Metro area road work

94th Street Bridge over I-35W in Bloomington

The 94th Street bridge over I-35W in Bloomington is closed through mid-October. Ramps to southbound 35W are open but northbound ramps are closed.

University Avenue/4th Street ramp near the U of M

A detour is in place for drivers who use the ramp to access northbound 35W. It is closed for a couple weeks in conjunction with a project to build an auxiliary lane from University Avenue to Johnson Street. Here's how to get onto northbound 35W:

Take 10th Avenue north to Johnson Street, then east on Broadway Street to the New Brighton Blvd ramp to northbound 35W.

MnDOT will open the ramp for a couple hours tonight following the Vikings game to help get traffic off campus.

Northbound Hwy 65 in Fridley, Spring Lake Park

Northbound Hwy 65 between Medtronic Parkway/Old Central Avenue and County Road 10 is closed and detoured.

Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge over Hwy 100

The County Road 152/Brooklyn Boulevard Bridge is closed to motorists and pedestrians through mid-October.  Also, Southbound Hwy. 100 will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday into Saturday. Northbound will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake

Hwy 61 between White Bear Avenue and north of Hwy 96 is reduced to a single lane. There are multipe streets that are closed where they intersect with Hwy 61.

Hwy 101 and County Road 144 in Rogers

Lane closures; northbound to eastbound County Road 144 is closed; westbound County Road 144 to northbound Hwy 101 is closed; County Road 144 is closed between James Road and the Hwy 101 construction; Hwy 101 between South Diamond Lake Road and 147th Street is single lane.

I-35E in St. Paul

The ramp to northbound I-35E from westbound I-94 is closed for a couple more weeks. A number of ramps between Little Canada Road and Maryland Avenue remained closed as work on adding a new MnPASS lane and reconstruction of 35E continues.

Southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13

The southbound I-35W ramp to westbound Hwy 13 is closed through late fall as part of a Dakota County project.

Eastbound I-494- Wakota Bridge

This should be the last weekend for lane closures on eastbound I-494 on the Wakota Bridge between Hardman Avenue in South St Paul and Maxwell Avenue in Newport. The freeway will be reduced to two lanes.

County Road 61/Flying Cloud Drive in Chaska

Look for flaggers and construction in the vicinity of County 61/Flying Cloud Drive and the intersection of Hwy. 101.

In addition, both directions of County Road 61 will close east of Great Plains Blvd. at Bluff Creek. Motorists traveling west on County 61 will not have access to the Hwy. 101 bridge into Shakopee. The bridge itself will be open to traffic between Shakopee and Eden Prairie.

Hwy. 169 in Edina We've had this one in place for a little over a week, but incase you are coming into town for any of the above events, here's your reminder: The northbound lanes are closed from I-494 to Bren Road. Detour: Westbound I-494 to eastbound I-394 or eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy. 100, then west on I-394

I-494 in Plymouth

MnDOT is widening bridges between and other work ahead of a freeway expansion project that will bring a third lane in each direction between Hwy. 55 and Bass Lake Road. For now, plan on lane closures in the overnight hours and throughout the weekend.  A reminder that Schmidt Lake Road under 494 is closed. Motorists can bypass the closed segment by using Vicksburg Lane or Northwest Boulevard to County Road 47.

Hwy. 96 at Centerville Road

Ramsey County Public Works will be improving the intersection of Highway 96 and Centerville Road at the junction of White Bear Lake, White Bear Township and Vadnais Heights this weekend. Construction work will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and run until 5 a.m. on Monday. Motorists on Hwy. 96 in both directions will be allowed to proceed through the intersection and may make right turns only onto Centerville Road. Motorists travelling on Centerville Road will not be able to pass through the intersection, but will be able to make right turns onto Hwy. 96.

Minneapolis Parkways

Lake Calhoun Parkway on all sides of the lake will be closed from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday for the Greg Marzolf Jr. 5K Run.    Over at Lake Harriet, the Emotions in Motion Run/Walk for Mental Health takes over Lake Harriet Pkwy. from 8 a.m. to noon.


 

Committee gives nod to bike corrals in Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 22, 2014 - 11:45 AM

The Minneapolis Transportation and Public Works Committee on Tuesday passed a motion to approve more on-street bike corrals.

Currently the Birchwood Cafe on E. 25th Street and the Smokehouse Brewpub on E. 38th Street have corrals, which consist of a group of bike racks installed adjacent to the curb in the parking lane of the roadway. But many other businesses say that demand for bicycle parking far exceeds the number of off-street bike racks on boulevards and sidewalks near their establishments.

They have been asking for the corrals as a way to meet the demand and supply on-street parking in much the same way that is available for vehicles.

If approved by the City Council, establishments will be able to apply for a bike corral and split the cost with the city.  A corral with room for 10 bicycles occupying one on-street parking space is projected to cost $1,800 the first year and $225 in subsequent years. A corral with 22 bike racks occupying two on-street spaces is $2,900 in the first year and $325 in subsequent years.

The City has $50,000 set aside for the program to cover seasonal installation, removal and storage costs, said Paul Cao, a parking systems analyst with Traffic and Parking Services.

Corrals would be seasonal from April 15 to Nov. 1. Establishments would be charged with the responsibility for upkeep and maintaining corrals for five years.

Cao said applications will be available once city staff set up an online link. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be reviewed and locations determined based on citywide equity, geographic distribution and bicycle parking needs, Cao said.

If the city budget is exhausted, business could be allowed to pay the entire cost for a corral, Cao said.

      

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