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7:45 a.m. update: A number of hot spots

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:42 AM

The commute is being bogged down by a number of crashes. Here is where the mishaps are tangling traffic:

Westbound 694 at White Bear Avenue

Westbound 394 on the exits to Hwy. 100

Eastbound Hwy. 212 at the Mitchell Road ramp

We still have slow traffic on westbound 94 due to a crash that just cleared at Hwy. 280.

Southbound Cedar Avenue at Killebrew Drive has reopened.  The State Patrol has wrapped up its onsite investigation of a fatal motorcycle crash.

7:40 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:39 AM

Here are some current travel times:

North metro

Southbound 35W from 95th Avenue to downtown Minneapolis: 28 minutes

Southbound 35E from County 96 to I-94: 10 minutes.

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

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 10 minutes

Southbound 494 from 94 down to 394: 7 minutes

Eastbound 394 from 494 to 35W via 94: 12 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 169 from 77th Avenue to Crosstown: 19 minutes

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

South metro

Northbound 35W from County 42 to Crosstown: 15 minutes    To downtown Minneapolis: 24 minutes.

Northbound Cedar Avenue from 35E to the Crosstown: 14 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 Powers Blvd. to Crosstown: 20 minutes

Westbound 494 from Cedar Avenue to Hwy. 100: 10 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: 23 minutes

Westbound 94 from 35E to the Lowry Hill Tunnel: 17 minutes.

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

7:25 a.m. update: Expect delays on Hwy. 169 in north metro

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:25 AM

Commuters on southbound Hwy. 169 are being held up due to a couple crashes. They are at 109th Avenue in Champlin and ahead at Bass Lake Road.  Plan on 20 minutes from the Mississippi River bridge down to I-394.

7:15 a.m. update: Crash jams traffic on Hwy. 212 in Eden Prairie

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:21 AM

It's a long line of traffic on eastbound Hwy. 212 from Hwy. 101 past a crash blocking a lane at Hwy. 5 in Eden Prairie.

Southbound Hwy. 169 in Champlin is also jammed due to a crash at 109th Avenue N.

The word from the State Patrol is that the motorcycle crash on southbound Cedar Avenue at Killebrew Drive near the Mall of America is a fatal.  Traffic is being diverted to Lindau Lane.  The ramp from eastbound 494 to Cedar is closed.

Look for a stall on the ramp from westbound 94 to Dale Street.  Ahead, look for a crash at Hwy. 280.

7 a.m. update: Current drive times

Posted by: Tim Harlow Updated: August 28, 2014 - 7:03 AM

Traffic is crawling through Champlin due to a crash on southbound Hwy. 169 at 109th Avenue. Things are also tight ahead from 77th Avenue down to Medicine Lake Road.

Cedar Avenue has lane and ramp closures on the southbound lanes near the Mall of America as police respond to a motorcycle crash.

And look out for a cardboard box "as big as a small car" in the left lane of southbound Hwy. 100 at Excelsior Blvd.  That was how the scanner call described the box.

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: 10 minutes.

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

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

West metro

Eastbound 94 from Hwy. 101 to 494: 10 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: 18 minutes

Southbound Hwy. 100 from I-94 to Crosstown: 13 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: 18 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: 10 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: 22 minutes

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

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

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