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Cretin Avenue bridge over I-94 will close Thursday

Drivers in St. Paul will have one less way to get across Interstate 94 when Cretin Avenue bridge closes on Thursday.

When the Cretin bridge is shut down at 5 a.m., that will make three bridges that carry traffic over I-94 in St. Paul unusable. The others are at Prior Avenue and Lexington Parkway.

While the Cretin Avenue bridge is down, southbound motorists will be detoured via University Avenue, Fairview Avenue and Marshall Avenue.  Northbound motorists will be detoured via Marshall Avenue, Cleveland Avenue and University Avenue.

During the closure, crews will repair the bridge deck, resurface the roadway, replace the sidewalks and install new guardrail. The work is expected to be done by May 25.

Things should get a little easier come Sunday (or early Monday) when the Lexington Avenue bridge is scheduled to reopen.

MnDOT is repairing nine bridges spanning I-94. Still to come this summer are closures of bridges at Pelham Blvd., Cleveland Avenue, Pascal Avenue, Hamline Avenue, Victoria Street and Dale Street.

State Troopers help deliver two babies on the side of the road

Minnesota State Troopers have the job to protect and serve, and over the weekend two troopers did just that as they helped deliver two babies on the side of the road.

The heartwarming stories of troopers Jason Theel and James Orlando were posted on the State Patrol's Facebook page Monday afternoon and have been shared and liked more than 2 million times.

Theel was the first to spring into action. Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, he was called to the bustling interchange of Crosstown and Cedar Avenue in Richfield to help a woman going into labor. He helped make the mother comfortable until paramedics arrived and delivered the baby roadside, the patrol's Facebook page said.

The mother and baby were taken to a hospital and are doing well, the patrol said.

About 30 hours later in southern Minnesota, trooper James Orlando was administering a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Worthington when a motorist pulled up behind his squad and jumped out.

The motorist told Orlando that his wife was about to give birth and that he needed help. Orlando went to the vehicle and found that the mother had already given birth. He made sure the baby was breathing and kept the mother comfortable until an ambulance arrived, Mom and baby were taken to a hospital and were doing well, the patrol said.