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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. Harlow also covers general assignment and breaking news and weather. 

Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University. In his free time, he likes playing sand and indoor volleyball.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
The plans for the new Rockford Road overpass at I-494 will feature two traffic lanes and both directions and dual left turn lanes at interchanges on e

Work on new Rockford Road bridge over I-494 starts Tuesday

Motorists who use the Rockford Road overpass to cross Interstate 494 in Plymouth know the trip can be challenging. Traffic piles up daily during rush…
Multiple road construction projects could slow traffic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Weekend traffic: Expect congestion as holiday travel combines with Minnesota road work

Construction could snarl traffic on popular routes.
The cooler spring weather has kept the mosquito population down — so far.

Silver lining to the cool Minnesota spring? Fewer mosquitoes — for now

Enjoy it now because they will be buzzing when the weather warms up.

Suspect arrested following police pursuit and crash into Maplewood home

No one was hurt, but several residents were evacuated.
The incident occurred at the East Bank Station, above, on Friday night. The suspects were apprehended near a U medical building.

Juveniles cited for wielding metal pipes, threatening passengers at Green Line stop near U

As many as seven juveniles were involved in the incident Friday night at the East Bank Station

Authorities identify man killed in Isanti house fire

Lawrence Tuma died of smoke inhalation resulting from a "flash fire."
An MVTA Route 477 bus departs the Apple Valley Transit Station

Ramp expansion will address parking crunch at Apple Valley Transit Station

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) board of directors is expected to sign off on plans to add two more levels to the parking structure to accommodate demand at the busy south-metro park-and-ride.

Standoff at Brooklyn Park hotel ends with suspect's surrender

Officers took the 31-year-old man into custody about 9:50 a.m., ending the ordeal that forced some guests to be evacuated from the La Quinta.
Dr. Thomas J. Stillwell

Weather soured as pilot took off from Moose Lake airport on fatal flight

Investigators haven't said whether conditions caused plane crash.
The burned-out interior of Lola after an early Thursday morning fire that destroyed the restaurant on Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.

Bde Maka Ska restaurant and pavilion heavily damaged by fire

The cause of the 4 a.m. fire has not been determined, but lightning is suspected
Due to expected inclement weather, Metro Transit has called off weekend maintenance planned on the portion of the Blue and Green light-rail lines.

Weekend traffic: Work on intersection will slow drivers on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake

Metro Transit has canceled light-rail maintenance on the Blue and Green lines.
Jeremy Werst

Jeremy Werst, champion of bicycling in Minneapolis, dies at 43

The founder of Mpls Bike Love online forum was found dead April 20 in his Minneapolis home.

Two University of Minnesota students assaulted on campus light-rail platform

Police have identified two suspects who fled from the East Bank Station
Noise-reduction wall on Interstate 94 near Hwy 280.

Driver concerned about longevity of repaired 35W noise wall in Bloomington

Drive reader Dick has seen workers taking down the old barriers and installing new wood in their place. He wanted to know why the walls were being replaced since it seems like they "should last a lot longer."
Cyclists and traffic moved up Marshall Avenue eastbound in St. Paul during rush hour in 2017.

Commute by bicycle? Organizers of Bike to Work Day say give it a try

Organizers are hoping thousands will pedal their way to work next Friday.
A pedestrian crossed 3rd Ave. S. early Tuesday evening. ] JEFF WHEELER • Falling snow slowed pedestrian and vehicular t

How much are electric vehicles affected by Minnesota's extreme cold?

Electric vehicles perform at their peak in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees. Just how much does cold weather affect them?
Motorists heading out for the start of fishing season this weekend may encounter construction-related traffic jams on popular getaway routes.

Expect weekend getaway routes to be busy with fishing opener traffic

Twins games and I-35W construction my be the biggest traffic impediments in the metro.
Tim Perala clears a neighbor’s driveway along Rice Lake Road in Duluth Thursday morning. “I put all my shovels away, but not this,” he said, ges

Say it isn't snow: Record storm dumps on NE Minnesota

Duluth got 10.6 inches and a new record for the city's largest snowfall in May.
Crash brings major backup on I-35W in south Minneapolis

Crash brings major backup on I-35W in south Minneapolis

Lanes were blocked on southbound I-35 near 42nd Street

Woman dies in Stearns County crash

The crash occurred Friday night near St. Joseph, Minn.
A ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield

Lyft, Uber drivers call for 1-day strike in Twin Cities and elsewhere; experts question its capabilities

People planning to use Uber or Lyft to get around on Wednesday may encounter longer waits if enough drivers carry through on a threat to keep their cars idle.
Construction on I-35W south of Minneapolis, pictured in 2018, continues this year.

Sign replacement project could hinder weekend travel near MSP

This weekend brings lane restrictions on highways throughout the Twin Cities and traffic-generating events including Garth Brooks concerts Friday and Saturday at U.S. Bank…
A bicyclist made her way down the bike lane during rush hour near Blaisdell Avenue and 26th Street in October 2017 in Minneapolis.

As cycling season shifts into gear, police urge all to share the roads

Bike vs. motor vehicle crashes are preventable, police say.

One dead in Todd County crash near Hewitt, Minnesota

The two-vehicle crash occurred about 10 a.m. on Hwy. 210 and County Road 23.

Truck leaking chlorine closes southbound 35W lane in downtown Mpls.

The spill occurred around 8:15 a.m. on I-35W near 11th Avenue
Drive readers are concerned about posted signage for drivers seeking to turn off Excelsior Boulevard and onto Park Center Drive to take Hwy. 100.

Unclear left turns concern drivers at Excelsior Blvd., Hwy. 100

Drivers fed up with being cut off while making turns at the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park want the Minnesota Department of Transportation to put up signs that make it clearer which lane to use.
Gordy Moore often commutes on his bike from the Whittier neighborhood to his job in Northeast Minneapolis.

Want a happy commute? Researchers point to travel by bicycle

The network of bicycle lanes will continue to grow across the Twin Cities this summer — a development that may boost some commuters’ moods. Cyclists…
Eagan police officer Luke Nelson strained to get a better look at an offender as he and fellow officers rode a school bus looking for distracted drive

State law enforcement gets crafty to fight distracted driving

The unusual tactics come during a three-week statewide crackdown on distracted driving that ends April 30 as well as the run-up to the state's new law in August.

Rockford man killed by on-coming driver in wrong lane on Hwy. 5 in Waconia

Three vehicles were involved in the wreck at Hartmann Drive on Monday afternoon.
Many meters have been stunted to a two-hour limit.

With meter rate changes, free parking vanishes in downtown Minneapolis

Chuck Henninger got an unpleasant surprise last Monday when he went to pay the parking meter in downtown Minneapolis. The price had gone up by…
A BCA investigator photographs the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the 9900 block of Foley Blvd., Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Relatives, friends identify man shot by police in Coon Rapids

John Fairbanks Sr., 40, leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Man dies when vehicle hits tree, lands in pond in Bloomington

The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. at Anderson Lakes Parkway.
A BCA investigator photographs the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the 9900 block of Foley Blvd., Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Man shot, killed by law officers after traffic stop in Coon Rapids

A man who ran from a traffic stop in Coon Rapids and fired at officers was shot and killed by law enforcement early Thursday, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
A bomb threat disrupted classes and eventually closed the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul on Wednesday.

St. Thomas gets all-clear after bomb threat closed St. Paul campus

Classes and all activities will resume Thursday morning.
A mudslide on Hwy. 169 near St. Peter, Minn., closed the highway.

Southbound Hwy. 169 near St. Peter to stay closed overnight after mudslides

Northbound 169 in that area was expected to remain open, but drivers are being told to be cautious.
Two men are suspected of driving onto soccer fields in Hastings and spinning doughnuts that scarred the playing fields.

Hastings gets $100,000 gift to repair damaged soccer fields

A donor has given the city of Hastings $100,000 to cover the costs of repairing soccer fields that were damaged by vandals last month.At…
Minneapolis raised the rates and changed hours on some downtown parking meters on Monday. GLEN STUBBE •

Mpls. raises rates on some downtown parking meters

Some of the 2,500-plus meters hadn't had a price change in 20 years.
The Tenth Avenue Bridge Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Mpls. plans to refurbish aging 10th Avenue Bridge over Mississippi River

After 90 years, things start to wear out. That's the case with the 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River parallel to Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Man held after boy is thrown at MOA had been told to stay away

The 5-year-old, who was thrown or pushed from the third floor, initially was reported to be not breathing. Police said they could find no connection between the suspect and the boy and his family.
Allianz Field

What's the best way to get to Allianz Field? Ride share? Bus? Drive? Light rail?

Saturday is opening day at the sleek new stadium off Interstate 94 and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul's Midway area, and about 20,000 fans are expected for the 4 p.m. kickoff against the New York City Football Club.
Drivers waited outside Rapid Recovery after their vehicles were towed from a Woodbury Park and Ride on April 1, 2019.

Refunds for drivers who had cars towed from Woodbury park and ride lot

The towing company agreed to return the $350 charged to drivers whose cars were legally parked.
Motorists will encounter road closed signs on the Crosstown, I-94 and I-694 this weekend.

Pair of bridge projects will bring weekend closures on Twin Cities metro highways

Motorists will encounter detours on the Crosstown in the south metro and on Interstate 694 in the north metro.
Somebody in a vehicle drove onto the baseball and soccer fields at the Sports Complex in West St. Paul, causing damage to the soft ground.

Driver doing doughnuts rips up athletic fields in West St. Paul

The vandalism at the Sports Complex comes two weeks after similar damage was done to fields in Hastings.

Alcohol likely played role in Stearns County rollover that killed Melrose man

A second person in the vehicle was injured in the early Tuesday crash.

Three stabbed in Richfield apartment break-in

No arrests had been made as two suspects were sought.
Samuel Hicks

Trucker pleads guilty in distracted driving crash that killed motorist in Lake Elmo

Samuel Hicks had originally pleaded not guilty in Hwy. 36 death.
Commuters waited outside Rapid Response in St. Paul to retrive their cars that has been towed Monday from the Woodbury Theater Park and Ride.

Miscommunication led to cars being towed from Woodbury park and ride

25 park and ride vehicles were improperly removed from Woodbury movie lot.

Suspects caught in Hopkins park vandalism

Two juveniles were cited for criminal damage to property at Cottageville Park.
Heavy traffic clogs a Twin Cities highway in this file photo.

Motorists can expect delays in these eight work zones

Here are some of the larger metro area projects where motorists can expect to encounter bottlenecks:
A woman used a cell phone while driving in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday.

Minnesota law enforcement gears up for statewide crackdown on distracted driving

The three-week enforcement April 8 to 30 will be the longest in history.
Commuters waited outside Rapid Response in St. Paul to retrive their cars that has been towed Monday from the Woodbury Theater Park and Ride.

Commuters irked after cars were towed from Woodbury park and ride

It was not April Fool's joke as more than 30 cars were towed from a designated park and ride lot.

Authorities identify man who died after crashing into Plymouth building

The car was on fire when authorities arrived Sunday.
Daniel K. Johnson

Charges say Hopkins man got drunk, ate pot gummies before fatally stabbing friend

The killing happened in the victim's apartment.

Driver dies after crashing into building in Plymouth

The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on 21st Avenue N.

Wrong-way motorcyclist killed in I-94 crash in Minneapolis

The crash occurred just after 9 p.m. near West Broadway Avenue
FILE - Ayd Mill Road winds its way through St. Paul neighborhoods under several city streets. Here shown going under Summit Ave. and Grand Ave.

St. Paul's bumpy Ayd Mill Road will be repaved 2 years early

Ayd Mill Road is one of the busiest streets in St. Paul, handling about 24,000 vehicles a day. It's also been one of the most costly to patch and repair.
Motorists travelled the I-94 freeway between St. Paul and Maplewood past visible scarring left behind by ongoing construction. ] (AARON LAVINSKY/STAR

Why can't Minnesotans figure out how to zipper merge?

Zipper merging is the law in Minnesota. Why can't Minnesotans zipper merge, and why do some motorists get all worked up when people do it? Curious Minnesota investigates.
A man who ignored a road-closed sign and his female passenger were rescued from flood waters in Lac Qui Parle County.

Motorists ignored road-closed sign, then had to be rescued from western Minn. flood

The driver went around a barricade on County Road 55 in Lac qui Parle County on Thursday.

New Prague post office reopens after health shutdown

The post office in New Prague is back in business after a weeklong shutdown. Service resumed Friday after operations were shifted 15 miles away to…
Two men are suspected of driving onto soccer fields in Hastings and spinning doughnuts that scarred the playing fields.

Charges likely for men accused of damaging soccer fields in Hastings

The damage occurred Sunday at Veterans Athletic Complex
Three years of construction on I-35W in the north metro starts on Sunday.

3 years of construction on I-35W in north metro starts Sunday

A massive construction project that will last until 2021 begins in the north metro on Interstate 35W between Roseville and Blaine.
Authorities work to recover a vehicle that plunged off I-35 into the Staright River near Owatonna, killing the driver.

Driver found dead after truck plunged into Steele County river is identified

The crash occurred south of Owatonna about 12:43 p.m. Monday

Man with explosives and guns in U-Haul arrested in Eden Prairie

Bomb squad found no active explosive devices.
"Take a sneak peek inside one of Landline's motor coaches," a tweet from the Landline Company read.

Shuttle between MSP and Duluth, Mankato airports to launch with $9 fares

A bus service making its debut this summer at airports in Mankato and Duluth will shuttle travelers to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Pedestrian killed in Baxter, Minn., was from neighboring Brainerd

Joshua Carner was killed as he walked along Hwy. 210 in Baxter, Minn.

Cause of fire at Mpls. Grain Exchange Building still unknown

The two-alarm fire broke out Wednesday night
Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle on Kellogg Boulevard was North St. Paul man

Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle on Kellogg Boulevard was North St. Paul man

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m., killing 54-year-old Dan Lytle, his family said.
I-35W, seen from the E. 26th St. Bridge, in December. What headaches are we seeing early a.m. after 1-3 inches of snow fell overnight?

Pothole repairs in construction zone to reduce I-35W to single lane in Mpls.

Drivers can expect delays in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday as crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) continue patching potholes on Interstate 35W.The work…
Sign directing drivers toward northbound Hwy. 169

'Traffic is crazy': Length of Hwy. 169 on-ramp in Golden Valley a point of contention for some

Drive reader Jodie avoids using the on-ramp leading from N. Ply­mouth Avenue to northbound Hwy. 169 in Golden Valley. The ramp is so short, she said, that motorists can't always get up to speed before they run out of room to merge.
Street service workers Bradley Therres, from left, and Lance Hamby fill potholes with asphalt on Shepard Road as a truck goes by on the right side of

With potholes proliferating, crews scramble to patch Minnesota roads

March is prime time for potholes and a difficult time of year to fix them.

Man killed in western Wisconsin crash involving semi

The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday in Red Cedar Township
Heavy rains flooded the intersection between Cedar Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Rising water leads to mobile home park evacuation in Jordan

Street flooding intensified in southern Minnesota, as snow hit the north.
Allyson Andert

Minnesota state troopers, passerby save woman after truck overturns into water

Allyson Andert thought she was going to die after crashing on I-35 in Forest Lake.
Potholes are multiplying on Minnesota roads, and officials warn it could be bumpy for a while.

Sudden burst of spring litters Minnesota roads with potholes

City and county officials warn it might be bumpy for a while.
Comedy web video series spotlights Metro Transit bus routes

Comedy web video series spotlights Metro Transit bus routes

For the uninitiated, riding a Metro Transit bus can be intimidating and scary. Passengers sit next to strangers of all ages going to all kinds…
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