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Blue Line riders facing delays Tuesday morning

Blue Line trains are running up to 20 minutes behind schedule Tuesday morning following a mechanical failure earlier in the day.

Trains in both directions "are moving" now, but are working to get back on schedule, said spokesman Howie Padilla at 6:30 a.m.

A train broke down near the VA Medical Station forcing trains in both directions to share a track.

Bridge work will bring closures on I-94 Tuesday and Wednesday nights

Minnesota Department of Transportation crews will be setting new beams for new pedestrian bridges over I-94 at MacKubin and Grotto streets Tuesday and Wednesday nights. To do so, MnDOT will shut down a portion of I-94 both nights.

Originally westbound was to be closed Monday, MnDOT said, but the work has been pushed back a day, said spokesman Kevin Walker.

The westbound lanes of I-94 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday between Marion Street and Lexington Parkway.  The eastbound lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, also between Lexington Parkway and Marion Street.

During the closure, motorists will be directed to use Hwy. 280, Hwy. 36 and I-35E.

The pedestrian and bike bridges will remain closed until approximately November.

Here are a few other overnight closures Monday that may impact metro area drivers:

  • Southbound I-35W will be closed from 11th Avenue to Washington Avenue from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Tuesday. Ramps to westbound I-94 and southbound Hiawatha Avenue will be closed. Entrance ramps from Washington Avenue and 3rd and 4th streets to southbound I-35W also will be closed.
  • The left lane of eastbound I-694 from I-35W to Hwy. 10 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday for road maintenance.
  • The left lane of eastbound I-94 from Brooklyn Boulevard to just past Xerxes Avenue from 9 a.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday for lawn mowing operations along the cable median.
  • The southbound lane of Hwy. 100 from I-694 to Brooklyn Boulevard from 10 a.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday. All lanes will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday. Crews will be mowing the center median.
  • The right lane in both directions of I-35W at Black Dog Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for bridge inspection.