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Weekend traffic: A trio of stadium concerts and closure on Hwy. 169

It's a musical weekend in the Twin Cities with three stadium concerts on the docket. Billy Joel, the Piano Man, holds court Friday night at Target Field followed on Saturday by Florida Georgia Line. Down the block Guns and Roses complete the trifecta with a show Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Drivers in the west metro may be cursing out their own detour ditty as a paving project shuts down a portion of Hwy. 169. Motorists heading to Wisconsin will have to navigate around a bridge closure at Osceola, leaving two viable options for crossing the St. Croix River.

Traffic generating events also include the Loring Park Art Festival in Minneapolis, the Loons battling D.C. United at 7 p.m. Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium at the U and a Lynx game at 6 p.m. Sunday at the X in St. Paul.

Interstate 94 in Minneapolis and St. Paul

1. I-94 from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center: All vehicles over 9,000 pounds are prohibited from the Lowry Hill Tunnel which is reduced to two lanes in each direction on both sides of the tunnel Thursday. The ramps from I-35W north to I-94 west, Hwy. 55 to I-94 east and 4th Ave. to I-94 west remain closed.

2. I-94 from St. Paul to Maplewood: Eastbound has the left lane set aside for through traffic while the far right lane is for drivers who want to access local streets. Lane and restrictions and ramp closures between Century Avenue and Mounds Boulevard.

3. Cedar and Portland avenues: Closed between 28th and Lake streets.

4. 3rd Avenue S.: Single lane between 1st and 2nd streets Saturday and Sunday; lane closures on Washington Avenue between 3rd and 5th avenues S.

East Metro
5. Hwy. 51/Snelling Avenue in Falcon Heights: Single lane in each direction between Como Avenue and Hwy. 36.

6. I-35E in St. Paul: Lane restrictions in the vicinity of Shepard Road.

7. Hwy. 110 in Mendota Heights: Eastbound lanes closed between I-35E and I-494 and ramp from Hwy. 3/Robert Street to eastbound I-494 is closed through Aug. 7.

8. Hwy. 243 in Osceola, Wis.: Bridge over the St. Croix River closed for emergency repairs. The recommended is Hwy. 8 at Taylors Falls, Hwy. 36 in Stillwater or the I-94 bridge at Hudson Wis.

9. Hwy. 95 in Afton: Southbound lanes between 15th and 21st streets.

North Metro
10. Eastbound 694 in Shoreview: Restricted to two lanes separated by a concrete barrier between Hwy. 10 and I-35E. The inside lane carries through traffic and drivers must continue east on I-694. The outside/right lane allows access to local streets and drivers must continue south on I-35E. Westbound traffic is down to two lanes. Ramp closures at Rice Street and Lexington Avenue.

11. I-35W at Hwy. 10 in Arden Hills: The ramps from westbound Hwy. 10 to northbound I-35W and northbound I-35W to County Road I are closed.

West Metro
12. Hwy. 169 in Edina and St. Louis Park: The Nine Mile Creek bridge between Bren Road and Lincoln Drive/5th Street is closed and the highway is single lane between I-394 and Excelsior Boulevard. The ramp from westbound I-394 to southbound Hwy. 169 is closed through October.

13. Hwy. 169 in New Hope and Golden Valley: Southbound is closed from 7 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday between Hwy. 55 and Hwy. 7. Detour is Hwy. 55 west to I-494 south. The ramp from Medicine Lake Rd to SB Hwy 169 is closed through mid-August.

14. Hwy. 5 in Waconia: The highway is closed at Orchard Rd through mid-August.

South Metro
15. 66th Street in Richfield: Closed to through traffic between Girard and Xerxes avenues S. The project extends from Xerxes Avenue on the west end to 16th Avenue South on the east end.

16. 86th Street in Bloomington: The overpass at I-35W is closed through October.

17. Hwy. 13 in Burnsville and Savage: Lane closures in both directions between Hwy. 169 and Washburn Avenue.

18. Hwy. 55 in Inver Grove Heights: Lane restrictions in the vicinity of Argenta Trail.

19. Hwy. 52 in Coates: Lane closures in both directions between 170th Street and County Road 86/280th Street.


SouthWest Transit raises fares for State Fair express service

Metro Transit bus and rail fares (that  includes all suburban agencies, too) are not the only ones going up. This year it will cost more to take SouthWest Transit express service to the State Fair.

Round trip rides from the southwestern suburbs to the fair will cost $8 for adults, up from $5 in previous years. The first fare hike for State Fair express service in 20 years is necessary to cover increasing costs for fuel, staffing and weekday parking lot rental, said the transit agency's CEO Len Simich.

“We are not looking to make money from the State Fair service,” he said. “We are just pricing the service similar to our everyday Express Service. Our goal is to break even while still providing the excellent service people have come to expect from SouthWest Transit.”

While single adult fares for ages 13 to 64 will go to $8, two adults can ride for $15. Seniors 65 and older, members of the military with identification and youth ages 6 to 12 will continue to ride for $5 while those 5 and younger and disabled veterans with identification will ride free.

Presale adult tickets at a discounted rate of $7 will be sold from Aug. 1 and Aug. 18 at SouthWest Station, located at 13500 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie.

Riders must pay cash. Metropasses, Go-To Cards or other discounted passes or promotional passes will not be accepted.

SouthWest will offer weekday service from Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie and weekend service from SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie, SouthWest Village in Chanhassen and East Creek Station in Chaska.

The Minnesota State Fair Aug. 24 to Sept. 4.