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

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: April 24, 2014 - 6:30 AM

Traffic getting back to normal on Hwy. 65 through Ham Lake. An earlier traffic signal malfunction at Constance Blvd. has been resolved. Lights are working the the backlog of traffic has disappeared.

Elsewhere, we are still accident and incident free. Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to Hwy. 280: 11 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 10 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 the Crosstown: 9 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: 8 minutes

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

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 6 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: 7 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 10 minutes

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

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

6 a.m. update: Traffic lights out on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: April 24, 2014 - 6:10 AM

Here is what a set of malfunctioning traffic lights can produce: Gridlock.  This is the scene on southbound Hwy. 65 at Constance Blvd. in Ham Lake where the lights are out.

Elsewhere we've got single-vehicle accident on 4th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, according to scanner chatter.

Mainline roads are wet, but so far no major problems.

5:50 a.m. update: Current travel times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: April 24, 2014 - 5:52 AM

Commuters who come in to town on Hwy. 65 through Ham Lake will find the traffic signals are out at Constance Blvd.  Be ready for a set back if that's your route.

Elsewhere, we are still accident and incident free. Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to Hwy. 280: 10 minutes

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

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 11 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 the Crosstown: 9 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: 8 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: 7 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 10 minutes

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

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

Keeping tabs on Thursday's morning commute

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: April 24, 2014 - 5:16 AM

Good morning, commuters!

It's a windshield wiper kind of day, so turn the headlights on and be prepared for slower traffic.

So far things are moving right along, but then again we don't have many vehicles on the roads.

Overnight road work on Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids appears to have cleared.  A stalled vehicle on southbound 35W at County D also has cleared, so we've got a clean slate out there in terms of incidents and accidents.

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.

It’s a road construction rerun for I-694 drivers in northern suburbs

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: April 23, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say motorists who drive on I-694 in the northern suburbs can expect delays when construction resumes sometime this week, but they won't be nearly as nightmarish as the logjams they experienced last summer.

Crews were unable to complete all the work that needed to be done to the freeway between Hwy. 252 in Brooklyn Center and I-35W in Arden Hills last fall. So they'll be back on the job finishing joint repairs and smoothing out the concrete surface, said MnDOT spokesman Kent Barnard.

Last year, the $21.1 million project brought lane and ramp closures at all hours of the day from mid-June until November. Those spawned major traffic snarls, especially during morning and afternoon rush hours.

This time around, closures will be primarily limited to nights and non-rush hour periods during the day, MnDOT said.

"People need to watch out for construction activity," Barnard said. "There will be a little disruption, but not like anything we saw last year."

But there will be times when entire lanes and interchanges will be shut down. Eastbound 694 will be closed at the I-94 interchange May 2-4 for resurfacing. Westbound 694 will be closed from Hwy. 10 and Silver Lake Road May 16-18.

At some point before all the work is complete - right now scheduled for June 6 - there also will be closures near the interchange of Hwy. 100 and Shingle Creek Pkwy., Barnard said.

As the first high-profile project of the construction season gets underway, Barnard put out a plea to drivers to obey detours and not to drive around cones and barrels.

"Last summer, that was a daily occurrence," he said. "We have people driving where the concrete was gone and we had one guy hit. We don't want a repeat."

Two other projects of note are on tap for this weekend. The Crosstown in both directions will be closed between Hwy. 100 and I-35W to allow crews to install deck panels on the new Xerxes Avenue bridge in Edina.

In St. Paul, I-94 will be closed between Hwy. 61 and I-35E to allow for demolition of the Lafayette Bridge.

Both closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

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