The usual congestion is in place on 494 in both directions from East Bush Lake Road to Cedar Avenue. Plan on 15 minute through there.
Westbound Crosstown is seeing some slowing from 28th Avenue to 35W. Eastbound starts to bunch up from Gleason Road in Edina over to Penn Avenue.
Southbound 494 is 15 minutes from 494 to 394. Rain is making for wet roads through there.
Look for slow downs on southbound 35E from County Road J to County 96. That is 8 minutes.
Northbound 35W has pockets of slow traffic from Hwy. 13 to 110th Street in Bloomington.
Watch out for debris on the road on eastbound 494 at Bailey Road in Woodbury/Newport.
Southbound 35W is 11 minutes from 95th Avenue to County Road D.
Southbound 169 is 14 minutes from 94 down to 394. In the southwest metro, northbound 169 is 10 minutes from Hwy. 13 up to 494.
Southbound Hwy. 100 is 15 minutes from 94 down to Hwy. 7.
An object of some sort is blocking the left land of eastbound 494 at France Avenue. Motorists are slowing down to dodge it so expect a slow down there.
A Highway Helper vehicle is removing an animal from southbound 35W at 26th Street.
Elsewhere, things are building on southbound 35W from Hwy.10 to 694. That will add a few minutes to the drive.
Otherwise things are moving at the post speeds.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is out with the debut edition of its new monthly online auto safety newsletter and its first topic is distracted driving. That is a timely topic since April is designated as Distrated Driving Awareness month.
According to the 2012 Distracted Drivers Attitude and Behavior Survey and two other polls, at any given moment more than 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while behind the wheel. That is 5 percent of all motorists on the road.
If all types of electronic devices - hand-held and hands free - are factored in, the number rises to 1.18 million.
Survey results published in "Safety 1n Num3ers" newsletter found that 3,300 people were killed and 387,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011. The survey defined a distracted driver as anybody behind the wheel who was engaged in any activity that diverted a driver's attention from the primary task of driving.
"Distracted driving is a serious and deadly epidemic on America's roadways," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "There is no way to text and drive safely. Powering down your cell phone when you're behind the wheel can save lives, maybe even your own."
A majority drivers see distracted driving as risky when other drivers engage in behaviors such as using hand-held cell phones or texting. Yet nearly half of survey respondents say they answer incoming calls while driving and one-quarter place calls.
Given that there are 210 million licensed drivers in the United States, at any given moment 102 million are answering calls and 50 million are placing calls while driving. Another 14 percent said they send or read text messages while driving, a task that involves visual, manual and cognitive abilities which are necessary for safe driving.
"Many drivers see distracted drivng as risky when other drivers do it, but do not recognize how their own driving deteriorates," said NHTSA Administrador David Strickland.
The polls found that 74 percent of drivers support bans on hand-held cell phones and 94 percent believed that texting while driving should be banned. They also thought fines for such behaviors should be at least $200.
Currently 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto RIco, Guam and the Virgin Islands ban texting for all drivers. An additional 10 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibt drivers from using hand-held cell phones.
For more on this survey see NHTSA's report.
An ambulance is now on the scene of a crash on the left shoulder of eastbound 94 at 1st Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Traffic is jammed from 394 over to 35W. That will take 7 to 9 minutes. Ahead, look for debris on the road at Riverside Avenue.
The crash also is affecting traffic on eastbound 394 from Penn Avenue and as drivers line up to get on eastbound 94.
Northbound 35W remains slow wtih 13 minutes needed from Crosstown up to 94.
A truck broke an axle and is parked in the left lane of southbound Hwy. 169 at Plymouth Avenue. The back up extends back to 94.
This is the day to try out 494 or 100 if you are heading south, unless you have 30 minutes or more to kill on the road.
Look for a fresh crash on northbound 35W just before 494. It's off on the right shoulder. Ahead, things jam up from Crosstown to Lake Street due to a stall on the right shoulder at 42nd Street.
You will find building levels of congestion on 694 in both directions between 35W and 35E.
Look for pockets of slow traffic on westbound 94 coming in to downtown St. Paul, and on southbound 35E from Hwy. 36 to 94.