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6:50 a.m. update: Car fire extinguished in Forest Lake

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 30, 2015 - 6:51 AM

The car fire on the right shoulder of southbound I-35 near the Forest Lake Split is out and the vehicle has been towed away.  All lanes are open again, and that's a good thing as the backup extends 3 miles to the north. Commuters will feel the effects at County Road 2.

A new crash to look out for is on the overpass of 35th Street over I-35W in south Minneapolis.  It looks as if a car rear-ended a school bus.

And adding a stall to the mix, look for a broken down vehicle on eastbound 94 in what's known as the Brooklyn Center curve.

6:30 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 30, 2015 - 6:30 AM

There is lots of smoke and flashing lights at the scene of a vehicle that caught fire on southbound I-35 between Hwy. 97 and the Forest Lake Split of 35W and 35E.  With the right lane blocked, traffic comes to a very slow roll from north of Hwy. 97.  Plan on 3 to 5 minute delay.

Better news ahead: Both southbound 35W and 35E flow freely down to 694.

One other incident of note, and that's a crash in Apple Valley at McAndrews Road and Pilot Knob.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 15 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 9 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 12 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: 8 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 12 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 9 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 16 minutes.

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

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

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 7 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 5 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: 8 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 11 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 8 minutes.

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

6:10 a.m. upate: Car fire slows traffic on I-35 in Columbus

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 30, 2015 - 6:13 AM

Traffic is scooting to the right to avoid this car fire on the shoulder of southbound I-35 between Hwy. 97 and the Forest Lake Split.

You'll encounter a brief delay as traffic knots up north of Hwy. 97.

6 a.m. update: Current travel times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 30, 2015 - 6:01 AM

Flames are leaping from a vehicle that caught fire and is now burning on the right shoulder of southbound I-35 just prior to the Forest Lake Split.  Authorities are shutting down the right lane approaching Hwy. 97.  Traffic is still light in the area, so delays are minimal at this hour.

Other than that, the rush is rolling right along. Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 15 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 9 minutes.

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

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 9 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 6 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 13 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 9 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 17 minutes.

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

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 18 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 8 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 5 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: 8 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

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

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 10 minutes.

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

Keeping tabs on Friday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 30, 2015 - 5:19 AM

Good morning, commuters!

Friday got off to a frightening start for commuters on I-494 in Eagan. A driver was spotted heading the wrong way in the westbound lanes in the area of Pilot Knob Road. That's been resolved.

No other issues await early birds and roads are in fine shape.

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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