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The forthcoming commuter line connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul via light rail train is likely scheduled to run 24 hours a day, every day. The Green Line was originally set to run only from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with a four-hour gap on the overnights.
A new report names Minnesotans some of the best drivers in the country overall. The report looked at fatality rates, drunk driving, tickets, careless driving and seat belt usage.
Drivers will encounter a ramp closure and detour on northbound Interstate 694 in Pine Springs as the ramp to eastbound Highway 36 closes after this weekend.
Hennepin County authorities are investigating a head-on crash that killed two people Friday morning near Orono. It happened on Highway 12 west of County Road 6 just before 7 a.m. Orono Deputy Police Chief Chris Fischer says one driver was dead at the scene, and the other died later.
Motorists in the Twin Cities metro area are being alerted to a major weekend closure coming to Minneapolis, Edina and Richfield. Both directions of Highway 62 will close between Highway 100 and Interstate 35W so crews can demolish the Xerxes Avenue bridge deck.
Break out the orange barrels — another road construction season is around the corner in Minnesota. State Department of Transportation officials Thursday unveiled the projects they’ll tackle this year.
Police in St. Cloud are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was hit by a train. The incident happened about 7 a.m. Thursday. Two train crossings were closed as St. Cloud police and Minnesota State Patrol investigated.
A 56-year-old man from Hayward was killed in a snowmobile crash late Saturday evening. According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Spider Lake in the town of the same name.
If you rely on the Northstar Commuter Rail from Big Lake to Minneapolis, prepare for delays through the rest of the week. On Monday, the rail was running so late that Metro Transit put out the word to riders, recommending they try to find another way to work.
Three days after some of the worst driving conditions in recent memory, plenty of people were still late to work, but the roads weren’t the culprit. The Northstar Commuter Rail line was once again delayed for commuters coming in from the northwest, with Monday morning delays of 60 to 90 minutes reported.
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.