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Weekend traffic disruptions: Hwy. 100, I-35E, Mpls. Marathon

Another weekend closure of Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park and a partial closure of I-35E are the major road closings on tap, but several large events including the running of the Minneapolis Marathon will bring street closures and detours for motorists.

The Minnesota Twins sporting a five-game winning streak play the Toronto Blue Jays at 7 p.m. Friday and 1:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.

Vee Corporation brings its new family show, "Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival" to the Target Center with performances at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. The Crossfit Games at the Minneapolis Convention Center will also bring extra traffic into downtown over the weekend.

A number of bicyclists will converge on Minnehaha Park for the Twin Cities Tour de Cure presented by Real Appeal, a fundraiser of the American Diabetes Association. The event on Saturday begins at 6 a.m. with a post-ride party at 11 a.m.

With lots of construction going on, transit might not be a bad way to get around this weekend. All light-rail and Northstar Commuter trains will follow weekend schedules as normal. No bus service disruptions are scheduled, but check Metro Transit's Rider Alerts page for route-specific detours and changes in place due to construction and detours. Some routes will be affected Saturday morning and early afternoon by the Minneapolis Marathon. See details on road closures below.

For those traveling by car, here is what you'll need to know to get around and avoid any traffic hassles.

Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park

Crews will be working on the Canadian Pacific Railway bridge and that means a full shut down of Hwy. 100 between I-394 and Crosstown Hwy. 62.  Ramps to Hwy. 100 will shut down at 9 p.m. Friday and the highway in both directions at 10 p.m. Barricades will be removed by 5 a.m. Monday in time for the morning rush hour.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured via I-394, Hwy. 169 and Crosstown. What's happening? Trucks will be delivering steel for the new bridge. It's all part of a remake of Hwy. 100 that includes adding an auxiliary lane, reconfiguring and reconstructing the Minnetonka Boulevard and Hwy. 7 bridges and ramps, and building noise walls along the 1.6 mile stretch of road.

I-35E in St. Paul

Motorists already experienced the first changes in the area of Maryland Avenue this week when the southbound lanes went from three down to two. That configuration will be in place until late summer or early fall, MnDOT says.

For this weekend, the two southbound lanes will remain open, but northbound will be closed from I-94 up to Cayuga Street. The section of freeway shuts down at 9 p.m. Friday and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The ramps off of I-94 to northbound 35E will close at 8 p.m. Friday.

Detour: Eastbound 94 drivers will go over to northbound/westbound I-694 to northbound I-35E. Motorists on westbound I-94 will be detoured to northbound Hwy. 280, northbound I-35W then east on I-694 to access northbound I-35E.  It's a long detour. Using Hwy. 61 is a possible alternate, but there are some stoplights along the way that could make that a slow trip.

Additionally, the exit ramp from northbound I-35E to Cayuga Street will remain closed until mid-June. During the ramp closure, motorists will access Cayuga Street via westbound Maryland Avenue and southbound Jackson Street.

A reminder that further north, a number of ramps are closed due to the rebuilding of I-35E and the addition of the new HOT lane. Here is what is closed until fall:

  • Ramps from southbound 35E to eastbound Hwy. 36 and Roselawn Avenue
  • Ramps from both directions of Hwy. 36 to southbound I-35E
  • Ramps from Maryland and Roselawn Avenues to northbound I-35E
  • Southbound I-35E to University Avenue. A temporary ramp from southbound I-35E to 12th Street is open for access to the Regions Hospital Area. The ramp from southbound I-35E to Pennsylvania Avenue remains open.

Snelling Avenue in St. Paul

This is not new, but a reminder for folks traveling in the Midway area of St. Paul. Snelling Avenue over I-94 is closed until late August. Traffic is being routed over to Lexington Avenue or along the official detour on Marshall and University Avenues, Vandalia Street and Cretin Avenue.

I-494 in Plymouth

The beat goes on for drivers on this west metro freeway as MnDOT rebuilds I-494 from the Fish Lake Interchange down to Hwy. 55 continues. Two northbound lanes will be open and one southbound lane open Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon.  That's when MnDOT will slide the moveable barrier over to create a second southbound lane to accommodate folks returning from out of town. From Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon, northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane.

Several ramp closures also are in place:

  • Carlson Parkway to southbound I-494
  • Carlson Parkway to northbound I-494.
  • Westbound I-394 to southbound I-494
  • Eastbound I-394 to northbound I-494
  • Southbound I-494 to westbound Hwy 12
  • Southbound I-494 to Carlson Parkway

In the same area, Hennepin County Road 47 between Yucca Lane and Teakwood Lane will be closed to traffic until late May. The closure is needed while crews reconstruct the southbound side of I-494 over County Road 47. 

Here is the detour: 

  • Westbound traffic on County Road 47 will be detoured to northbound Northwest Boulevard and westbound Bass Lake Road and south on County Road 101.
  • Eastbound traffic on County Road 47 will be detoured to northbound County Road 101/Brockton Lane and eastbound Bass Lake Road, then south on Northwest Boulevard.

Hwy. 5/West 7th Street near Ft. Snelling

This has been quite a nightmare for drivers trying to get to and from the MSP Airport as the road is down to a single lane in both directions between Ft. Snelling (Hwy. 55) to Shepard Road. 

Additionally, eastbound Hwy. 5 ramps to Edgcumbe Road, Shepard Road and Mississippi River Boulevard are closed through late September.

The bridge over the Mississippi River is being redecked, Expect backups along W. 7th Street and onto the Mendota Bridge and back into St. Paul starting at Davern Street.

Also look for single lane action in the area of Maynard Drive as crews fix a water main.

The best alternate might be to take I-35E to cross the Mississippi River, then scoot over on Hwy. 110 and skip W. 7th Street altogether.

Hwy. 10 in Ramsey

Hwy. 10 near Armstrong Boulevard may have congestion related delays through October while Armstrong Boulevard is closed north of Hwy 10. A link to detours for drivers needing alternate routes can be found here.

Kellogg Boulevard in downtown St. Paul

Kellogg is closed between Market Street and Wabasha Street until November. Additionally, the southbound lanes on the Wabasha Bridge, and the northbound lanes of the Exchange Street viaduct will be shut down for the duration of the project.

During the closure, motorists will be directed to use 7th Street and Robert Street.

Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis

The intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and 45th Street closed earlier this week and won't reopen until mid-June. This closure is necessary to complete utility improvements and reconstruct the intersection.
The intersections at 46th Street and 44th Street will remain open to traffic. The existing detours for northbound and southbound traffic on Minnehaha south of 42nd Street will remain in place.

Minnehaha Parkway

Eastbound West Minnehaha Parkway from Bryant Ave. S. to Lyndale Ave. S. will be closed through Saturday for emergency sanitary sewer repairs. The parkway will reopen as soon as possible after repairs are complete. Traffic will be detoured onto Bryant Ave. S. to West 54th Street during the repairs with detour signage clearly posted. All trails and sidewalks will remain open.

Minneapolis Marathon

The big races, a full marathon, half marathon and  takes place primarily along the Mississippi River and on some streets on the city's north side. A number of neighborhood-specific detours also will be in place along with restrictions on reaching places such as North Memorial Medical, Theodore Wirth Golf Course and residences in the area of the Stone Arch Bridge. Closures will be in place from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Theodore Wirth Parkway from just north of Hwy. 55 going north to Memorial Parkway
  • Memorial Parkway from Theodore Wirth Parkway to 40th Ave N, then from 42nd Ave N to Webber Parkway
  • Webber Parkway from Memorial Parkway to Lyndale Ave N.
  • St Anthony Parkway from 37th Ave NE. to Marshall St NE.
  • Main Street from 5th Avenue NE to the Stone Arch Bridge
  • East River Parkway from University Ave SE. to Franklin Avenue bridge
  • West River Parkway from the Franklin Avenue bridge to Godfrey Parkway
  • Godfrey Parkway from West River Parkway to Minnehaha Avenue.
  • West River Parkway from the Stone Arch Bridge to near 22nd Avenue S.
  • The Stone Arch Bridge

I-94 in St. Michael

Motorists heading out of town for the weekend might encounter delays on I-94. The same is true on the return trip.  MnDOT is repaving the freeway between Hwy. 241 in St. Michael and County Road 18 near Monticello.  Nightly lane closures will be in place from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. while crews resurface nine miles of the roadway.   Also be aware of a lane shift near the Crow River Bridge.

Hwy. 169 in Jordan

Hwy. 169 between Hwy. 21 and Hwy. 282 is reduced to a single lane and a speed limit of 45 miles per hour through late October.

Centerpoint Energy requesting flaggers to help with 3rd Avenue gridlock

Traffic heading north on 3rd Avenue during evening rush hours has been horrendous all week largely due to a Centerpoint Energy project between Washington Avenue and 2nd Street.

With lanes closed, traffic has backed up into downtown, creating gridlock on 3rd Avenue and some cross streets as motorists try to make it through an intersection before the light turns red.

At times, traffic unable to make it all the way through has blocked intersections, causing frustration for motorists stuck in traffic and unable to cross 3rd Avenue. Even light rail trains have been inconvenienced by obstructing drivers.

It is illegal to block an intersection or a crosswalk.

The utility on Thursday said it is requesting flaggers to be out to direct traffic. Flaggers in construction speak is an off-duty police officer. Centerpoint would pay the cost for the police presence, said spokeswoman Becca Virden,

The goal is to keep traffic moving a well as possible while work on replacing a steel gas pipe continues.

Third Avenue at the intersection of Second Street is down to one lane of traffic in each direction. The utility hopes to finish its work by the weekend and have all traffic lanes open by Monday or Tuesday.

Centerpoint Energy is mandated by the Federal government to replace aging lines and more intersections will be impacted as the summer rolls on.  One of the biggest will be the intersection of 5th Street an Nicollet Mall, That work will begin sometime later this summer ahead of the big re-do of Nicollet that is supposed to begin in 2016.