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Gov. Dayton orders 35W bridge to be lit purple

The I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis will glow purple Friday through Sunday night by orders from Gov. Mark Dayton.

That's to root on the hometown Vikings as they travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles at 5:40 p.m. Sunday for the NFC championship. The winner of the game will advance to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4.

"Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings on their sensational win last Sunday!” Dayton said. "Vikings fans everywhere are excited to cheer our team to victory in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday. SKOL!”

In a side note, Dayton has a friendly bet Pennsylvania with Gov. Tom Wolf. Dayton will send Wolf a 5-pound Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll if the Eagles win. If the Vikings win, Dayton will get five pounds of Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets.

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.