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

7:20 a.m. update: Crash on Hwy. 65 in downtown Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 21, 2014 - 7:23 AM

A Star Tribune truck is hung up on the guardrail on the downtown exits from northbound 35W. It's enough to create a gawker slow down and back up to Lake Street.

That means delays for I-94 too in the curve from the Lowry Tunnel over to Riverside Avenue and westbound from Hiawatha over to Park Avenue.


 

7:10 a.m. update: Stoplight on Hwy. 169 out in Champlin

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 21, 2014 - 7:13 AM

The big backup on southbound Hwy. 169 in Champlin can be attributed to a traffic light outage at 120th Avenue. Reports say traffic stacks up to the Mississippi River bridge in Anoka.

Elsewhere a number of crashes and heavy traffic is making for a slow trudge to the office.

Here are the trouble spots in terms of crashes at this hour:

Southbound 35W at County Road 23 in Lino Lakes and ahead at Hwy. 88 in Roseville.

Northbound 35W in the HOT lane at Hwy. 13 in Burnsville.

Southbound 35E at County Road 96 in White Bear Lake.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 in the area of Round Lake Blvd.

7 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 21, 2014 - 7:03 AM

Stop lights might be out on Hwy. 169 in Champlin, so expect delays heading from 120th Avenue down to Hwy. 610.

A five-car crash on southbound 35W at Hwy. 88 is among the issues creating near gridlock from Lexington Avenue down to Hwy. 280. Just know that drive is miserable.

Other hot spots include eastbound Hwy. 10 at Round Lake Blvd. in Coon Rapids and northbound 35W at Hwy. 13.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 42 minutes

Southbound 35E from County J to I-94: 15 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 19 minutes

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 11 minutes. Eastbound is 12 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Crow River to 494: 12 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: 12 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: 18 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: 8 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 6 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 7 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 23 minutes

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

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 7 minutes.

6:40 a.m. update: Awful on 35W in northern suburbs

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 21, 2014 - 6:43 AM

The rain and a couple of accidents on southbound 35W has made the commute unbearable. It's already 40 minutes from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis. A rollover at Hwy. 280 has been cleared, so with all lanes now open, hopefully that will help traffic recover.

On the northbound side at Hwy. 280, look for a spinout blocking a lane.

Eastbound 94 is struggling from Lowry Avenue to Hwy. 280. A crash at Plymouth Avenue and another at Riverside Avenue is enough to cause the slow down.

This just in. A crash on Snelling Avenue just south of I-694 in Arden Hills.

Westbound 494 is sluggish from Cedar Avenue to 35W. A lot of that backup was caused by an earlier car fire at 35W. 

And prepare to ride the brakes on westbound 94 heading into downtown St. Paul. The jam is on from Hwy. 61 over to 35E.

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

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 21, 2014 - 6:32 AM

By far, the worst drive at this point is on southbound 35W from Blaine to downtown Minneapolis. Always a busy route, things are complicated by a rollover crash in the Hwy. 280 commons.

We have a number of other crashes impacting traffic, too. Here is where they are:

Eastbound 94 at Plymouth Avenue and another ahead at Riverside Avenue.

Northbound 35W at 82nd Street

A car went into a pond on Hwy. 169 at West River Road in Champlin.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 39 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 Crow River to 494: 13 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: 12 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 12 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 10 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 16 minutes.

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

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 19 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: 9 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 6 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 7 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.

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