The rush hour ended with some kind of incident on the Marion Street bridge over I-94 in downtown St. Paul. A man was seen standing on the wrong side of the fence. Look for State Troopers in the area. This was the scene from a few minutes ago.
Traffic incidents were few and far between Thursday, which made for a painless drive to work or school for most commuters.
One anomaly was on southbound 35E. Around 7:50 a.m., a van heading north got caught up in the cable median barrier and in turn, that led to lots of rubbernecking by southbound drivers. A stout jam formed from County Road 96 down to County Road E where the wayward vehicle sat for about 30 minutes before being rescued.
Southbound Hwy. 100 flowed as well as it could being that it's now two lanes between I-394 and Excelsior Blvd. The real test might come next week when spring break is over and traffic levels pick up. However, as my co-worker John Reinan reported today, it's been a nightmare on city streets around Minnetonka Blvd. and Lake Street as motorists seek alternate ways to get across Hwy. 100. The Minnetonka Blvd. bridge is closed until October.
On Wednesday, Kellogg Blvd. shut down between Market and Wabasha Streets for reconstruction. Traffic was orderly yesterday, but tonight could be interesting. The Minnesota Wild have a home game at 7 p.m. and getting to the X could be an adventure. Be sure to leave plenty of time.