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8:15 a.m. update: Tough sledding on 494 in Bloomington

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 11, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Westbound 494 is crash free, but traffic is behaving as if there is one. Things are nose to nose three lanes across from 12th Avenue to Penn Avenue. That is a 13-minute drive.

A minor slow down is occurring on southbound 35E as crews try to clear a center-lane blocking crash at Lone Oak Road in Eagan.

The backup on southbound Hwy. 169 is now back to 49th Avenue. The reason, a crash ahead at 36th Avenue with debris in the right lane.

8:10 a.m. update: Crashes mounting

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 11, 2014 - 8:10 AM

After a quiet start to the rush, four accidents have popped up in the past few minutes, perhaps due to the heavy rain that is moving through the metro.

The State Patrol is on the scene of a rollover crash on southbound 35W at County Road 23 in Lino Lakes. The action is on the right shoulder and ditch.

In New Hope, police are still on the scene of a right-lane blocking wreck at 36th Avenue on southbound Hwy. 169. Traffic jams at Rockford Road.

Southbound 35E has one lane blocked at Lone Oak Road in Eagan. The State Patrol is on the way to that crash.

8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 11, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Pouring rain and a crash in the right lane is jamming up traffic on southbound Hwy. 169 approaching 36th Avenue in New Hope.

A stall is causing traffic to stack up on the northbound Lafayette Bridge near Plato Blvd.  Just in, a new crash is tangling traffic on eastbound 494 near Portland Avenue.

Elsewhere, we have pockets of slow and go traffic but no huge delays. Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 21 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 14 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. Crow River to 494: 17 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 12 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 20 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 18 minutes

South metro

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

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 12 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: 9 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 12 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 6 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 12 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 9 minutes.

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

7:40 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 11, 2014 - 7:40 AM

The clouds and rain might be creating a dark effect, but these travel times won't cast a cloud on your drive to work. Traffic levels are lighter than normal and we are crash and incident free.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 18 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 14 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 13 minutes

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 11 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 12 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 9 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 14 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 13 minutes

South metro

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

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 11 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: 7 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 5 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 7 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 6 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 14 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 9 minutes.

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 6 minutes.

7 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 11, 2014 - 7:01 AM

Rain and increasing traffic volumes are bumping up the drive times as we move into the main portion of the rush hour. The heaviest traffic is on southbound 35W from Lake Drive to 694.


Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 22 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 16 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 13 minutes

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 11 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 9 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 9 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 14 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 13 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to downtown Minneapolis: 18 minutes.

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

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 20 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 9 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 11 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 7 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 5 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 7 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 6 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 14 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 9 minutes.

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 6 minutes.

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