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8:15 a.m. update: Crash slows traffic on 35W in Richfield

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 29, 2015 - 8:17 AM

Commuters heading south on I-35W will hit a snag just after the Crosstown Commons. A wreck on the right shoulder at 76th Street has a jam forming at 66th Street.

A minor delay is in place for westbound Crosstown due to a fender bender on the left shoulder at Lyndale Avenue.

Congestion is the problem on Hwy. 100 in both directions between 50th Street and I-394, while I-494 struggles northbound from Minnetonka Blvd. to 394 and southbound from I-94 down to Bass Lake Road

8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 29, 2015 - 8:01 AM

Our current crashes include a single vehicle on the left on southbound I-35E at County Road 11 in Apple Valley.

While that crash is not causing any problems, one on eastbound 494 at West Bush Lake Road is. Commuters can plan on 5 to 10 minutes from Hwy. 212 past the scene.

It is brutally slow on northbound 35E from Cedar Avenue to downtown St. Paul. 

And plan on slow downs on westbound 94 heading into downtown St. Paul as well as southbound 35E from Little Canada Road to I-94.

You'll find pockets of congestion in both directions of I-494 and Hwy. 169 from Bass Lake Road and Minnetonka Blvd.

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: 16 minutes.

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

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 13 minutes. Eastbound is 12 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 12 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 18 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 11 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to Crosstown: 24 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 26 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 15 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 23 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 18 minutes

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

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 15 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 7 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 14 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 10 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 13 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 12 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 17 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 14 minutes.

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 13 minutes.

7:35 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 29, 2015 - 7:36 AM

A traffic jam has formed on eastbound I-494 from Hwy. 169 over to near Hwy. 100. A crash just moved to the left shoulder at West Bush Lake Road is the primary reason for the delay.

Elsewhere it's congestion that is bogging down the drive. It's especially slow on northbound I-35 through Lakeville and continuing on northbound I-35E from Wagon Wheel into downtown St. Paul.

Northbound Cedar Avenue is tight coming out of Apple Valley while northbound 35W runs sluggish from the Burnsville Split up to 98th Street.

On the north side, look for traffic sputtering on westbound Hwy. 36 between 35E and 35W and on southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to Medicine Lake Road.

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: 15 minutes.

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

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 12 minutes. Eastbound is 10 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 14 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 15 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 13 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to Crosstown: 25 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 20 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 15 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 22 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 14 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 33 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 11 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 7 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 12 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 7 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 12 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 11 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 17 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 12 minutes.

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 13 minutes.

7 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 29, 2015 - 7:00 AM

The lone crash on the system just cleared from the ramp from southbound 35E to Little Canada Road.

Elsewhere traffic continues to move along well, but as to be expected, there are pockets of congestion and slow traffic as volumes begin to pickup. The good news is that the light mist/freezing rain is not leading to any crashes or problems, yet.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 20 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: 10 minutes. Eastbound is 10 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 16 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 8 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from Hwy. 610 to Crosstown: 21 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 11 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 17 minutes.

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

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 23 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 11 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 7 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 8 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 5 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 12 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 19 minutes

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

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

6:45 a.m. update: Pockets of congestion

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: January 29, 2015 - 6:45 AM

Traffic is bunching up in some spots, which is not uncommon for this time of the morning. In other spots, it's still zooming along at the posted speeds.

Here is where you'll ride the brakes. The good news is that delays in these areas are minimal:

  • Northbound Hwy. 169 from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge up to 494
  • Southbound 35E from Hwy. 36 to downtown St. Paul
  • Southbound 35W from Lake Drive to Hwy. 10 and Industrial Blvd. to Washington Avenue
  • Northbound 35W from Burnsville Pkwy. to Black Dog Road
  • Westbound 94 from Ruth Street to Mounds Blvd.

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