A major road closure for the weekend has been delayed slightly. A stretch of 35W southbound in Minneapolis was supposed to be closed Friday at midnight through Monday morning.
This Friday, drivers will have to reduce their speed in construction zones. A new law will force motorists to slow down to 45 miles per hour or face a costly ticket if they are caught speeding in roadside work zones. The new law comes after the deaths of Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski, who were hit and killed in October of 2011.
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A heads up if you’re heading down Interstate 35W in the south metro, you’ll need to take a detour. MnDOT has closed the southbound lanes between Interstate 494 and 94th Street in Bloomington, Minn.
Unexpected issues with the slide system used to put the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge have caused work to take place overnight on Thursday, July 10. MnDOT started using hydraulic jacks to slide the 3.5 million pound bridge beams into the permanent location on Wednesday.
Crews moved the new Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Wednesday night using a method that saves time and money. MnDOT used hydraulic jacks to slide the 3.5 million pound bridge beams to their permanent location.
The flooding has slowed across the state and roads are beginning to reopen. The Highway 41 Bridge over the Minnesota River in Chaska, Minn. reopened Saturday. The state Department of Transportation reopened the bridge, one of the south metro’s busiest river crossings, as floodwaters receded.
The Minnesota State Patrol says a section of I-35 south of Owatonna that was closed after a fiery crash has now reopened. The Patrol says a semi and a car were stopped in the right northbound lane Thursday afternoon due to traffic backups. Another semi crashed into the car, which then collided with the first semi. The trucks then caught on fire, sending a plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.
Two semis and a car were involved in a fiery crash Thursday afternoon on Interstate 35 south of the metro, officials say, and no one was injured.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge is now back open for traffic. MnDOT allowed the bridge to reopen around 4 p.m. Wednesday after water levels on the St. Croix River went down.
Numerous highways and bridges are closed across the state as cities continue to deal with flooding and damage from torrential rains. In the metro area, the Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed to pedestrian, vehicle and water traffic as waters on the St. Croix rise.
Two employees of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) are in the hospital after a work zone crash in Burnsville Sunday afternoon. MnDOT says the two workers were injured at 4 p.m. on Interstate 35 just north of Cliff Road in Burnsville.
The right lane of northbound Interstate 35 between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, Minn. will close at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. With all the rain we’ve had lately the Minnesota River is rising, and workers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will put up barriers along the east side of the I-35W, near Black Dog Road, to keep the water out.
Water traffic was brought to a halt after the Stillwater Lift Bridge got stuck in the down position Friday morning. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that the lift bridge was stuck because of a tree jam.
Many Minnesotans will likely be heading to the cabin or lake this weekend. And as they drive, the speed limit will be 55 mph in some areas, 65 mph and maybe even 70 in others. Kevin Gutknecht is the communications director for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Ken from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 94 westbound near Monticello is down to a single lane due to a pavement failure. The stretch should be down to a single lane for about an hour, MnDOT said.
Last month, the I-35W bridge was bathed in royal blue to symbolize the fight against colon cancer. “It was unbelievable, absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Anne Carlson, the executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition.
A snowstorm of record-breaking proportions is predicted to mess up the Friday morning commute in the Twin Cities. Forecasters say a mix of precipitation is expected to turn over to heavy snow after midnight Thursday and leave as much as a foot of snow in the Twin Cities by midmorning.
Just a few hours of light snow Friday was enough to set off a chain reaction pile-up on Interstate 35 south of the Twin Cities. The accident occurred on the northbound lanes of I-35 at County Road 50 near Lakeville, Minn.
On the day before the 2014 Minnesota Legislative session starts, the cold weather is still a hot topic. Like many Minnesotans, some lawmakers are wondering why the road conditions are still so difficult.
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.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is out with its snow plow trucks trying to clear the roads of snow and ice, but the department says things are improving.
Several viewers have been asking why the roads hit by the snow storm in Wisconsin seemed to be in better condition than those in Minnesota. “As soon as we hit the bridge, it was wet,” Kristine Glenna said about her drive from Woodbury to Hudson. “We keep being told that it’s too cold for chemicals to work, and it’s going to be like this for several days, but obviously something’s working in Wisconsin.”
From side streets to major highways, it was slow going throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota no matter where you were headed on Friday. Many drivers struggled even getting onto the roads as they had to dig their cars out of the snow that fell overnight.