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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.