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7:45 a.m. update: Metro Transit buses on detour in Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 15, 2014 - 7:48 AM

Metro Transit buses that normally run on Nicollet Mall are operating on Hennepin Avenue this morning and afternoon.  Nicollet is closed for the Red Carpet Parade in connection with the All-Star Game.

No fewer than 10 Metro Transit routes will be on detour through 6 p.m. Wednesday. they include routes that normally run on 6th Street between 1st Avenue N. and Hennepin. Here is where to catch routes 14, 94, 134, 355, 365, 375, 643, 649, 663, 758 and 764

On the roads, look for a fresh fender bender on westbound 94 at Park Avenue. You'll see the log jam starting to form at Hiawatha Avenue.

Keeping tabs on Tuesday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 15, 2014 - 5:51 AM

Good morning, commuters!

Today could be the most challenging of all for drivers who work in downtown Minneapolis. Several additional streets closed over night ahead of tonight's All-Star Game at Target Field.

The biggest disruption will be for those who need to cross Nicollet Mall. The Red Carpet is out for the midday parade and cross traffic is not allowed to cross Nicollet west of 6th Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. That will put extra pressure on 5th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd Streets along with Washington Avenue.  That could lead to some gridlock.

Later this morning, the eastbound I-394 ramp into downtown will be closed off for three hours when the Red Carpet parade takes place on Nicollet Mall. Traffic will be diverted to the 6th and 4th Street exits as well as Washington Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also will be other intermittent closures.

Also look for closures on 7th Street in the area of Target Field, from roughly Marquette Avenue to 10th Street.   No less than 10 Metro Transit routes will be on detour from 9 a.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Wednesday. they include routes that normally run on 6th Street between 1st Avenue N. and Hennepin. Here is where to catch routes 14, 94, 134, 355, 365, 375, 643, 649, 663, 758 and 764.  Also onTuesday, buses that normally run on Nicollet Mall will be shifted to Hennepin Avenue. Buses that operate on 7th Street between Marquette Avenue and 10th Street North also will be on detour, Metro Transit said.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

Keeping tabs on Thursday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 10, 2014 - 5:23 AM

Good morning, commuters!

Interstate 35E between Hwy. 36 and downtown St. Paul is open in both directions. MnDOT had it shut down to push the Larpenteur Avenue bridge into place overnight. That had the freeway closed from 9 p.m. last night. The work didn't get done so MnDOT will try to finish again tonight.

Interstate 35W is at full strength at Black Dog Road. MnDOT reduced the freeway there to a single lane to remove a dike that was put up to prevent flooding.

Two projects still underway include the ramp from westbound 94 to northbound 35E. That ramp is closed.  Drivers on eastbound Hwy. 212 at Shady Oak Road will find the left lane blocked for road work.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

Keeping tabs on Wednesday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: June 25, 2014 - 5:20 AM

Good morning, commuters!

The Minnesota Department of Transportation promised to carry through with the plan to reduce the northbound lanes of 35E between Maryland Avenue and Little Canada Road to two lanes, and now it has.

 It's now two lanes for both southbound and northbound traffic until October.  With the new lane closings, the following ramps also are to be closed:


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


Elsewhere, flooding continues to keep roads closed. The big ones as we have been dealing with all week are Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 41 over the Minnesota River in Chaska and Shakopee. Warner Road along the Mississippi River in St. Paul west of Hwy. 61 also is closed as is the Stillwater Lift Bridge.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

Keeping tabs on Friday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: June 20, 2014 - 5:24 AM

Good morning, commuters!

Friday should be much tamer on the roads as Mother Nature has finally turned off the spigot. We still have patchy areas of fog and mist, but that should be the worst of things on the weather side of things.

From a traffic standpoint, we'll see how southbound I-35E holds up today. The freeway is down to two lanes from Hwy. 36 to Maryland Avenue as road work on the new MnPASS lane rolls on. Thursday traffic held up pretty well with no major snarls.

Roads along Minnehaha Creek remain under water, so expect closures. And a late evening mudslide near the U of M has West River Pkwy. from Franklin Ave to 4th Ave S. blocked.

Flooding has Jackson Street and Sibley Street between Kellogg Blvd. and Shepard Road under water. Use alternate routes.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and I will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, e-mail drive@startribune or tweet @stribdrive.

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