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

8:15 a.m. update: Fender bender in the Midway

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 31, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Commuters on westbound 94 should prepare for a fender bender that just moved off to the right shoulder on westbound 94 at Cretin Avenue.

Traffic is picking up the pace on southbound 35W now that a wreck at 4th Street has been cleared.

Westbound Crosstown is moving better now that a wreck  has been removed from the HOT lane at Lyndale Avenue.

Congestion, you'll find it on northbound 35W from Burnsville Pkwy. to the Minnesota River. Travel time to the Crosstown is still close to 20 minutes from the Burnsville Split with another 7 needed to downtown Minneapolis.

8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 31, 2014 - 8:02 AM

The cram is on for northbound 35W drivers from Burnsville to Minneapolis. Drive times have shot up quite over the past half hour.

Crashes on westbound 694 at Hwy. 252, westbound Crosstown at Lyndale Avenue and southbound 35W at 4th Street are leading to sluggish traffic in their respective areas.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 24 minutes  To Hwy. 280: 17 min

Southbound 35E from County J 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 11 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 9 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 7 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 18 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 20 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 27 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: 9 minutes

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

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 10 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 8 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 14 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 7 minutes

East metro

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

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

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

7:50 a.m. update: Wreck on 35W in Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 31, 2014 - 7:52 AM

The commute is getting a bit more difficult for southbound 35W drivers in Minneapolis. A fender bender on the right shoulder at 4th Street has traffic cramming at Johnson Street.  Look for debris in the right and center lanes.

7:30 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 31, 2014 - 7:30 AM

A disabled freight train has Northstar trains running late. The third run left the Ramsey station 20 minutes behind schedule. The fourth train was 5 minutes behind on its run from Big Lake to Minneapolis.

You'll find the left lane of eastbound 94 at Victoria Street in St. Paul blocked with a First Unit that has stopped to help a stranded motorist. Scoot over to the right.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 22 minutes  To Hwy. 280: 17 min

Southbound 35E from County J to I-94: 13 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: 8 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: 12 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 13 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: 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: 9 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: 17 minutes

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

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

7:05 a.m. update: Delays on the Northstar line

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: July 31, 2014 - 7:16 AM

Metro Transit tells the Drive that heavy freight traffic is causing havoc on the Northstar line this morning. The third inbound run is delayed 20 minutes at the Ramsey Station. 

That train is now rolling and approaching the Fridley Station.

According to spokesman Drew Kerr, a freight train was disabled on the tracks between the Anoka and Coon Rapids station forcing single tracking in the area. 

That delayed the reverse commute from Minneapolis to Big Lake. The trains had to share a track, and that put the fourth inbound trip about 5 minutes behind schedule.

The reverse train is used for the fifth and final inbound run.  Kerr said that trip is behind by 15 minutes, but he expects the fifth trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis to depart on time.

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