From the traffic outlook for Memorial Day travel plans, to an historic referendum vote on gay marriage in Ireland, here are the four stories you need to know for Friday, May 22.
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Motorists are going to have to schedule in a few extra minutes if they’re commuting between St. Paul and Minneapolis over the weekend. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that Interstate 94 will be closing in both directions between Highway 280 and Interstate 35E.
The Snelling Avenue Bridge in St. Paul is now closed, and will remain closed until the middle of August. Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be repaving and making other improvements to the mile-and-a-half stretch.
A major construction project begins Sunday along I-94 in St. Paul — the Snelling Avenue bridge will shut down and remain closed through mid-August.
Every Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you why hot dogs are called hot dogs, how Google and MnDOT know about traffic conditions and how Social Security numbers are assigned.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that traffic congestion is on the rise in the Twin Cities. According to MnDOT, the amount of congested freeways grew to 21.1 percent in 2014, compared to 19.9 percent in 2013.
Crews are working to widen the highway to put three lanes in each direction. MnDOT says families living near the project will hear noise and vibration during the overnight hours.
This weekend, MnDOT will close the six miles of Highway 100 between Highway 62 and I-394 as part of a larger project to widen the road.
Despite a scheduled construction closure, a major highway between the Twin Cities is open in both directions Saturday evening.
Millions of drivers use metro freeways in Minneapolis and St. Paul every day to get to and from work, run errands or just shuttle around. In fact, MnDOT says the Interstate 35W/Interstate 94 interchange can see up to 180,000 people a day.
If you’re sitting in traffic right now checking the news, this story will likely not come as a major surprise. Minneapolis-St. Paul has been ranked among the worst areas in the nation in terms of traffic congestion.
One person is dead after being hit on I-94 in Minneapolis while running across the freeway. The State Patrol says Kyle Day, 28, was attempting to cross the interstate near 7th Street when he was hit by a Ford Explorer. The SUV, which was carrying two passengers, then rolled after the impact.
An overturned semi-truck closed on westbound Interstate 94 closed the road at I-35W Tuesday evening.
It’s been called the 19th worst bottleneck in the country by the Federal Highway Administration. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office said now is the time to fix it. The interchange between Interstate 35W and Interstate 494 in Bloomington experiences from 3 to 5 hours of congestion every weekday.
In a deadly start to the month, 13 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes on Minnesota roads, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
MnDOT says crews will mostly be working to patch up the roads and bridges on parts of Hwy 100 beginning in April. The project is expected to last about two years.
Wednesday was the coldest day of the winter so far, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is doing what it can to make sure Thursday’s commute isn’t a mess.
The most recent accident occurred on Highway 280 near the Interstate 94 eastbound ramp. MnDOT says a mutli-car pile-up has shut down to the ramp from southbound Hwy 280 onto I-94 east. According to MnDOT, as many as 20 cars are involved, including a semi-truck.
Although the commute was slick and messy Monday morning, drivers on Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis might have noticed easier traffic due to the opening of the new 4th Street ramp.
Amanda from Golden Valley and her husband have a standing argument. They asked for our help in resolving this important issue: Should you rinse your dishes in warm or cold water? According to University of St. Thomas nutrition expert Jeannemarie Beiseigel, hot water (110 degrees or higher) is recommended because it helps remove dirt and debris. It also speeds the drying of dishes.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says that an overturned semi truck was blocking traffic on Interstate 35W near Shoreview, Minn. Monday and afternoon.
Next time your car stalls on the freeway, smile and wave. At the epicenter of MnDOT’s traffic operations in Roseville, these are the people likely looking back at you. Through 600 live cameras, MnDOT is able to pinpoint potential problems as they happen — like a flat tire or a crash — and speed up their response to keep traffic moving.
St. Paul officials are laying out their plan to fix about half of the city’s “Terrible 20″ roads. Eleven roads will undergo maintenance beginning the week of Sept. 8, and the work is expected to run until mid-October.
It will be a busy traffic weekend in the metro. The Minnesota Twins are in town and the Gophers have a football game at TCF Bank Stadium Saturday afternoon. But the biggest traffic headache is going to be at Interstate 494 and Cedar Avenue.