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Latest Minnesota Traffic
Last week’s storm was nasty by most Minnesotans’ standards, but road salt researchers at Minnesota State University in Mankato think it was perfect. Civil engineering professor Steve Druschel and two of his students went under a bridge to collect samples of murky road melt from the highway above.
The roads shouldn’t be as miserable around the Twin Cities as they were during Friday’s awful commute, but Monday may still bring with it a number of headaches. The good news is that most road conditions are better, but there are still some problem areas.
A fresh round of snow made for a tough Saturday afternoon on roads in the Twin Cities metro area. At Interstate 35 and 210th Street in Lakeville, there was a crash scene involving nearly a dozen vehicles. Several of them also slid into the median.
The City of St. Louis Park is making a request to residents to limit their on-street parking from now until the end of winter. The city said that the amount of snow currently on the ground makes it difficult for firefighters, police officers, and drivers of buses and plows to navigate through the streets if people are also parked there.
A snowmobiler died early Tuesday morning after crashing into an obstruction while driving off of the groomed snowmobile trails. Chaksa Police say that the man was heading into work when he crashed. He reportedly called a roommate after the crash, saying that he needed help.
A 34-year-old man from Monticello was killed when his snowmobile crashed with a pickup truck in Silver Creek Township Saturday afternoon. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at about 2 p.m. on the 13700 block of County Road 75 Northwest.
A semi-truck driver was killed after being struck by a train in Grant County Tuesday afternoon. According to the county sheriff’s department, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train collided with the semi at 3rd Street in Hermon, Minn.
The Minnesota State Patrol has responded to a single-vehicle crash that killed one person east of downtown Minneapolis Tuesday morning. The crash happened on the southbound Highway 280 ramp to westbound Interstate 94. The vehicle involved rolled, and the driver was reportedly killed.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reopening some major roadways closed earlier because of blowing and drifting snow. Interstate 90 west of Albert Lea reopened Monday morning after snowplows cleared the lanes and winds subsided.
A 55-year-old Otsego, Minn. woman was killed after her vehicle spun out on a snow-covered road and collided with another vehicle Friday morning. According to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at County Road 37 near Quaday Avenue Northeast in Otsego at about 7:30 p.m.
A new coalition of over 130 businesses, labor unions and advocacy groups is pushing for a large infusion of state money for roads and transit. The group, Move MN, kicked off its effort Thursday. But any proposed transportation tax hikes will face a difficult environment when lawmakers return at the end of February.
We now know the date for when the Metro Transit Green Line will open between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Officials announced Wednesday that starting June 14, thousands of Minnesotans will be able to ride on Light Rail Trains between the two downtowns.
On Wednesday morning, crews across the Twin Cities were working hard to clear all the snow from the streets after many of them declared snow emergencies. As always, that meant drivers needed to be extra cautious of where they parked, or end up getting towed.
The WCCO Weather Watcher was green, and then the ground was white, but the traffic maps were awash in red Tuesday morning as Twin Cities commuters inched their way to work. And both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared a snow emergency going into effect on Tuesday.
Family and friends of a La Crosse, Wis., man who’s presumed drowned have spent the past week on the banks of the Mississippi River as a volunteer search crew works to recover his body. Chad Kingsbury is the brother of the missing man, 29-year-old Andrew Kingsbury.
A Maplewood woman’s pickup truck plunged over an Interstate 694 guard rail and landed on a pond 40 feet below in Little Canada Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Authorities say they are investigating a fatal head-on collision that happened at about noon on Monday. Investigators have not released many details about the incident, but it involved two vehicles driving along Interstate 35. The crash happened near milepost 36, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
State troopers say alcohol may have been a factor in a rollover crash that killed an 18-year-old woman near Elko over the weekend. Jordan Reigh Huver of Prior Lake died of head injuries sustained in a crash that happened Saturday about 3:30 a.m.
Two children have died and three other people have been injured in a collision between a truck and an SUV in Pierce County. Sheriff’s officials say a 12-year-old girl in the vehicle died at the scene of the crash Thursday afternoon in Prescott.
The driver who died Wednesday after colliding with a train in west-central Minnesota has been identified. Police said that Lisa Daleo, of Alberta, Minn. was killed in the crash, which happened just after 2 p.m. on West 5th Street, about 150 feet west of Atlantic Avenue.
One person was killed after losing control and plunging off the Bloomington Ferry Bridge Friday morning. According to the State Patrol, the Buick LeSabre lost control on an icy patch of road while traveling southbound on Highway 169.
With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.
One person is dead and another is seriously injured after a single-car rollover in Sheboygan County. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office says three people were in the car on a county road near the Town of Mosel in the northern part of the county.
The Minnesota State Patrol says they are investigating a fatal crash that happened near Milaca Tuesday morning. Few details were immediately available, but the crash happened along Highway 23 at 127th Avenue, about a mile to the west of the city’s elementary and high schools.