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Northbound I-35W into downtown Mpls. closing tonight, much of Thursday



Even outside traditional road construction season drivers can run into detours, and that will be the case Wednesday night and most of the day Thursday for motorists who access downtown Minneapolis from northbound I-35W.

MnDOT will close the segment of freeway that leads to 5th Avenue S., Grant Street and the ramp from northbound I-35W to westbound I-94 from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday and again from 9 a.m. Thursday until 3 p.m.

Crews will be restriping lanes and reopening the MnPASS lane from 26th Street into downtown. The carpool lane has been closed since September due to construction of the Franklin Avenue bridge.

The work will be done to provide an additional travel lane into downtown Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, said MnDOT spokesman David Aeikens.

With Vikings' win, Metro Transit will collect on bet with New Orleans Regional Transit

The "Miracle in Minneapolis" catch by Stefan Digs that gave the Vikings an improbable win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday also was a win for Metro Transit.

The agency won a bet with the New Orleans Regional Transit Agency after the Vikings' wide receiver scored on a 61-yard touchdown with no time left on the clock to push the Vikings to a 29-24 win and send team to the NFC Championship game next Sunday in Philadelphia.

  Last week the two transit agencies entered into a friendly wager on Sunday's Divisional Playoff game between the two teams at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The bet: The transit agency's whose team lost agreed to change its cover photos on Facebook and Twitter and show transit vehicles of the other.

Naturally, a little trash talking took place before kickoff

With that dramatic 29-24 Vikings win, looks like the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will be featuring images of Metro Transit buses for a day.

And you can bet Vikings fans will be checking up on NORTA.

And so will Metro Transit

Some locals were wondering where Metro Transit's allegiance really was. On Saturday Tony Johnson spotted a bus rolling through northeast Minneapolis with the overhead sign reading "Go Saints."

This was the day before the big win, but Metro Transit said it was an unfortunate time to be promoting the St. Paul Saints baseball team. A driver apparently hit a wrong code and displayed what appeared to be support for the visiting team from New Orleans.

Alas, a Metro Transit spokesman said the agency is firmly behind the Vikings.