The Drive will keep you up to speed with the latest on Twin Cities commuting.

9 a.m. update: Rush hour wrap up

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 24, 2014 - 9:04 AM

A scary situation unfolded on southbound Hwy. 169 at 63rd Avenue where a car burst into flames around 7:30 a.m. and sent huge clouds of smoke billowing into the air. The right lane is still blocked at this hour as the Maple Grove Fire Department mops up the scene.

Traffic came to a halt as far back as Hwy. 610, nearly 4 miles north of the incident. A brief highway closing caused the big backup that persisted even after the left lane was open. Word from MnDOT was that the driver was able to escape unhurt.

There was not near as much drama on the rest of the system, but there were a few tense moments on Lexington Avenue near the Como Park Golf Course where authorities shut down the road following a crash involving several vehicles.

A smattering of wrecks caused delays for drivers elsewhere. One on I-694 at Rice Street had traffic crawling from Hwy. 61 over to the 35E/694 split during the 7 a.m. hour.

The action on the roads started just after 6 a.m. on eastbound 94. A vehicle pulling a trailer that landed in the center median just prior to Hwy. 241 in St. Michael.  The left lane was partially blocked for 20 minutes and slow downs kicked in at County 37 in Albertville.

In Brooklyn Center, a taxi heading north on 94 went off the ramp at the junction with Hwy. 252 and landed in the ditch. The vehicle was pulled from the ditch. Two passengers walked away to a bus stop on 66th Avenue. An ambulance was called they were taken to HCMC, according to MnDOT.

On a cheerier note, the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge over 35E opened to traffic.

That is it for Thursday. I'll be back Friday with more live blogging about your commute to work or school.

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

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 24, 2014 - 8:33 AM

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 19 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 15 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 12 minutes

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 11 minutes. Eastbound is 10 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 10 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 12 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 10 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to 394: 30 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 17 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 13 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 22 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 10 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 18 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: 12 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 8 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 15 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 9 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 13 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 11 minutes.

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

8:20 a.m. update: Big delays persist on Hwy. 169; new crash on 694

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 24, 2014 - 8:22 AM

The State Patrol is on the scene of a fresh crash on westbound 694 between University Avenue and East River Road. Look for minor delays in the area.

A much larger delay is in place on southbound Hwy. 169. The right lane is blocked just prior to 63rd Avenue where fire crews are mopping up from a spectacular car fire earlier this morning. Traffic is at a standstill prior to County Road 81.  Plan on an extra 10 minutes coming down from Champlin.

Lexington Avenue in St. Paul is closed near the golf course and pavilion due to a crash involving several vehicles, according to scanner reports.

8:10 a.m. update: Crash closes Lexington Pkwy. at Como Pavilion

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 24, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Word out of St. Paul is that a crash on Lexington Avenue near the Como Park Pavilion has involved several drivers.  There is talk about closing Lexington, so be prepared if that is your route.

Star Tribune reporter Nicole Norfleet tweeted this from the scene:

8:05 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 24, 2014 - 8:05 AM

Our two trouble spots at this hour are on westbound I-694 from Hwy. 61 past a crash at Rice Street. That one is blocking the left lane.

In Brooklyn Park, fire crews have successfully put out a vehicle fire on southbound 169 at 63rd Avenue. The right lane is still blocked with fire rigs and traffic is at a near standstill at 77th Avenue.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 25 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 15 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 15 minutes

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 11 minutes. Eastbound is 10 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 11 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 10 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 10 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to 394: 22 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 14 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 14 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 20 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 10 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 17 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 10 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: 13 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 12 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 7 minutes

East metro

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

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 11 minutes.

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 10 minutes.

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