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Tuesday traffic: A pair of crashes leads to trouble for Hwy. 169 drivers

Just as things looked to be improving for Hwy. 169 drivers, a second crash has popped up.  Look for slow traffic ahead of a new wreck at Medicine Lake Road.
Here is the look from southbound Hwy. 169 at 36th Avenue N.
Down the highway, traffic remains sluggish at Minnetonka Boulevard where a two-car crash has been moved to the right shoulder. The combo at 8:45 a.m. is making for a 30-minute trip from I-94 to I-494.

In downtown Minneapolis. it's heavy duty from the Lowry Hill Tunnel to I-35W.  Westbound brings a very slow roll from Franklin Avenue to Chicago Avenue. A crash at Cedar Avenue is part of the problem.

In St. Paul, traffic stacks up on northbound Hwy. 52 due to a fender bender at Eaton Street and remains heavy up to I-94.


Monday traffic: Congestion starting to loosen on the system

A flurry of crashes on the system strangled traffic on several major routes, but at 8:30 a.m., most have cleared allowing traffic to recover.
A couple trouble spots remain, including southbound I-35W from Stinson Boulevard to I-94.  Westbound I-94 also is snug from Huron Boulevard over to Portland Avenue.
Traffic remains sluggish on  westbound Hwy. 610 where a wreck had blocked a lane at Noble Avenue for more than an hour. That crash cleared just after 8:15 a.m.

No speed records are being set on westbound I-494 between Cedar Avenue and Hwy. 100.  Eastbound I-494 is slow going from Hwy. 169 over to Portland Avenue in Bloomington.  Westbound Crosstown is tight from Cedar Avenue over to I-35W.