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8:45 a.m. update: Opening up on 35W in Minneapolis

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 2, 2015 - 8:43 AM

For the first time this morning, traffic on northbound 35W between the Crosstown and downtown Minneapolis has some pace to it. Things have been slow all day due to a couple of early incidents, including a crash at Franklin Avenue and a pedestrian that was hit on the 35MPH curve.

Trip time is now down to about 10 minutes, but do look for a stall in left lane/shoulder at 42nd Street.

Eastbound 394 has a pocket of slow traffic from General Mills Blvd. past a 3-car crash at Hwy. 100. That action is on the right shoulder.

8:30 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 2, 2015 - 8:29 AM

A few brake lights are coming on for those heading west on I-494 between Cedar Avenue and 35W. A new crash at Nicollet Avenue is to blame.

Elsewhere traffic is still thick on northbound 35W from the Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis and on eastbound 394 from General Mills Blvd. to Dunwoody Blvd.

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: 12 minutes.

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

Westbound 694 from 35E to Hwy. 252: 11 minutes. Eastbound is 10 minutes.

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 12 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 10 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 13 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: 12 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 22 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: 11 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: 9 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 10 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 13 minutes

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

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

8 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 2, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A crash still sitting on the left shoulder of northbound Cedar Avenue has traffic slowing from McAndrews Road up to Cliff Road. Ahead, things flow great up to the Crosstown.

Our other areas with heavy slow and go traffic include eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to the Fish Lake Interchange through Rogers and Maple Grove. Both directions of I-494 in Bloomington are also running below the posted speeds between Hwy. 169 and Cedar Avenue.

Commuters are riding the brakes on northbound 35W from the Crosstown to downtown Minneapolis. Much of that is attributed to an earlier crash at Franklin Avenue.

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 17 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 11 minutes.

Eastbound Hwy. 10 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 14 minutes

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 23 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 9 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 17 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 15 minutes

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 15 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 29 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 13 minutes

Northbound 35E from County 42 to downtown St. Paul: 20 minutes

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 12 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 8 minutes

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

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 10 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 13 minutes

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

Westbound Hwy. 36 from Edgerton Street to 35W: 8 minutes.

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

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 2, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The latest problem on the system is a left-lane blocking crash on northbound Cedar Avenue at Cliff Road. That has traffic jammed back to 127th Street in Apple Valley.

Look out for a wreck on Central Avenue at 48th Avenue NE.  and another at Round Lake Blvd. and 164th in Andover.

Eastbound 94 trudges along from Rogers to Maple Grove. Plan on 20 minutes from Hwy. 101 to the Fish Lake Split.

A minor slow down is occurring on eastbound 694 at Silver Lake Road due to a stall in the left lane.

Northbound 35W is still trying to recover from an earlier crash at Franklin Avenue. That has been gone for about 45 minutes, but traffic is still bunched up. Plan on 15 minutes from Crosstown to downtown.

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: 11 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: 20 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 8 minutes

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

Southbound Hwy. 169 from I-94 to Crosstown: 16 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 12 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 28 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 11 minutes

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

Northbound 169 from Canterbury Road to 494: 13 minutes

Eastbound Hwy. 212 from Dell Road to Crosstown: 5 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 9 minutes.  Eastbound 494 from Hwy. 169 to 35W: 10 minutes

Westbound Crosstown from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 169: 9 minutes   Eastbound Crosstown from Hwy. 100 to Cedar Avenue: 8 minutes

East metro

Westbound 94 from Manning Avenue to downtown St. Paul: 13 minutes

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

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

7:15 a.m. update: Crowded on I-94 in northwest metro

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: March 2, 2015 - 7:15 AM

No crashes, but lots of traffic has the drive on eastbound I-94 from Hwy. 101 to the Fish Lake Split well below the posted speeds. Plan on 18 minutes from Rogers to the 694/494 split.

In East Bethel, some delays are developing on Hwy. 65 at Viking Blvd. A vehicle hit a traffic light pole and landed in the center median.

Westbound 94 slows from Johnson Pkwy. to downtown St. Paul, making for a 12 minute drive from 694 to 35E.

Northbound 35W in Minneapolis continues to creep along. A crash at Franklin Avenue cleared a few minutes ago and all lanes are back open, but the vile flow from Crosstown to downtown is making for a 14-minute trip.

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