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Weekend traffic: Low Labor Day gas prices, but a bevy of road construction projects

There is great news for motorists who will take advantage of the Labor Day weekend to head to the cabin or lake as gas prices have dropped to their lowest level for the holiday weekend since 2004, according to AAA.

The bad news is that road construction could thwart drivers leaving town or moving around the metro area.

"There are still many work zones around the state that will affect travel,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We ask drivers to pay attention in work zones and make it a safe weekend for everyone."

Statewide, law enforcement will be looking for drunken drivers as an enforcement campaign runs through Monday.

For those staying in town, traffic generating events include the final weekend of the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. The Lynx have home games Friday and Sunday at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis and the Saints have baseball games Friday through Sunday at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.

Metro Transit buses and light-rail trains will follow a Sunday/holiday schedule Monday. MVTA buses and the Metro Red Line also will follow a holiday schedule Monday. Northstar trains will not operate.

Here are places motorists could experience delays this weekend:

Metro area
•    Multiple lane and ramp closures on Interstate 494 between I-394 and the Fish Lake Interchange.

•    Lane and ramp closures on I-35E between Little Canada Road and I-94 through Maplewood and St. Paul.

•    Lane and ramp closures on Hwy. 5/W. 7th Street between Ft. Snelling and Davern Street in St. Paul.

• Hwy 5 between East Scandia Road near Waconia and County Road 11 in Victoria is closed until mid-September.

• Armstrong Boulevard is closed north of Hwy 10 through October. Look for lane restrictions on Hwy. 10.

• Hwy 13 is closed between 2nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Mendota and Lilydale. The detour is via Hwy. 110 and I-35E.

• Hwy 169 between Hwy 21 and Hwy 282 in Jordan is reduced to a single lane with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour through late October.   Expect heavier volumes of traffic around the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in Shakopee.

•   A number of ramp closures and lane shifts are in place on Hwy. 100 between 36th Street and I-394 in St. Louis Park.

• The ramp from northbound I-35W to County Road 96 and from County Road 96 to southbound 35W is closed until October. County Road 96 is a single lane in each direction across the interstate.

• The ramp southbound I-35E to southbound Hwy 52/eastbound I-94 is closed through early November.

• Victory Memorial Drive and Webber Parkway in Minneapolis will be closed 6 a.m. to noon Monday for the MDRA races.

Central Minnesota  
•    I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael has lane shifts, narrow lanes and reduced speeds from Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 241
•    Highway 169 along south shore of Lake Mille Lacs has bypass lanes.
•    Highway 25 is closed at Hwy. 12 (7 miles south of Buffalo) and detour is in place.
West Central Minnesota  
•    Detour on Hwy. 12 between Atwater and Litchfield.
Northern Minnesota    
•    Hwy. 29 in Alexandria has lane closures and lane shifts near I-94.
•    Hwy. 2 has lane shifts and flagging activities between Cass Lake and Ball Club.
•    Hwy. 371 between Cass Lake and Walker has lane closures.
•    Hwy. 10 has single-lane traffic in both directions through Detroit Lakes.
•    Hwy. 2/Bong Bridge has the eastbound lane closed between Duluth and Superior, Wis. A detour is in place.
•    Highway 23 is single lane between Duluth and Duquette.
•    Hwy. 70 east of I-35 will have both lanes will be open through the weekend but part of roadway will have a gravel surface.
Southern Minnesota     
•    I-35 is single lane through Owatonna and from the Blooming Prairie exits to Albert Lea.
•    I-90 has is single lane between St. Charles and Stewartville.
•    Hwy. 14 is closed between Nicollet and Mankato. A detour is in place.
•    Hwy. 59 is on detour through Marshall.

Megabus honors Minnesota with 'The 10,000 Lakes Bus'

Minnesota has a new state bus. Megabus is honoring the state by naming one of its buses the "10,000 Lakes Bus."

The company asked state residents and riders of the low-cost, inner-city express bus service to choose a name for the state's honorary bus during an online "Name the Bus" contest held over the summer.

The winning moniker, "10,000 Lakes Bus" beat out two others that appeared on the ballot, "Hail Minnesota" and "North Star State,"

 “Our customers certainly know their home states best and they have selected very fitting names,” said Dale Moser, CEO of megabus.com. “This is our way of honoring the people of Minnesota and customers of each state that has helped our business to grow.”

The logo will be unveiled in the coming months.

Megabus held the contest in Washington D.C. and each of the 34 states it serves. Voters in Wisconsin opted for "The Big Cheese Bus" while those in Iowa went for the "The Hawkeye State Bus."

Megabus does not serve North or South Dakota

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