The sun came out and maybe that was the reason Wednesday saw so many crashes and delays.

Among the hot spots were eastbound 494 between Hwy. 169 and West Bush Lake Road in Bloomington. Two wrecks kept traffic moving well below the posted.

Eastbound 494 plugged up in the 7 a.m. hour between Hwy. 110 and 35W. Somebody lost a door in the lanes and that caused a brief shut down while the State Patrol picked it up. Traffic jammed back to Dodd Road. The congestion grew back to Hwy. 110 before things started to loosen around 8:30 a.m.

The nightmarish drive on southbound 494 from the Fish Lake Interchange to 394 was made worse by a two-car crash at 394. That took out the right lane for about 30 minutes. At present, the crash is gone but traffic is barely moving from Rockford Road.

Southbound Hwy. 169 and 100 were not much better. Each saw one wreck, but with construction on Hwy. 100 and more motorists using 169 as an alternate, neither moved well.

For those wondering, Hwy. 100 between Cedar Lake Road and 36th Street in St. Louis Park will go down to two lanes soon. MnDOT says the reconfiguration is coming. It was to have been effect this week, but it has been delayed.

A grass fire is burning on I-35W near County Road H2.  Look for emergency vehicles in the area soon.


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