Expect more buses and trucks to be pulled over by police this weekend. The State Patrol is increasing its commercial vehicle enforcement through the next week, targeting drivers for seat belt violations, roadside inspections and other types of regulatory compliance. Troopers want the extra enforcement to remind all drivers about safely sharing the road. That means stay visible, since large trucks have blinds spots where a car disappears from the view of the truck driver.
More than 1,500 bus drivers work at Metro Transit, and every day safety is key. Since the 1970s drivers have tested those skills in the Bus Roadeo.
In our culture of distracted driving, school buses have become increasingly vulnerable. In 2012, 553 school buses were involved in accidents, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
It’s one of the most common complaints from anyone driving downtown: timing the traffic lights to get a string of greens is a bit like hitting the lottery. But for anyone rushing between appointments or trying to get home after a long day at the office, shaving minutes off the daily commute is a payoff worth every penny.
The Twins played at noon Thursday at Target Field, but the big traffic jam was because the Gophers played that evening at TCF Bank Stadium and The Vikings were also set to kick-off at the Metrodome.
After four months of construction, the Portland Avenue Bridge, spanning I-94 and I-35W, is set to re-open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.Portland Avenue between East 16th Street and East 17th Street will re-open. The direction of traffic on Portland Avenue between East 18th Street and East 19th Street will revert to the pre-construction direction.
The Highway 13 bridge over I-35W in Burnsville was supposed to be closed this weekend but it’ll now stay closed until crews can ensure its safe. That’ll put a kink in south metro traffic to begin the work week. The bridge was just having scheduled painting done, but crews noticed some damage and MnDOT decided to repair it.
MnDOT’s urging drivers to plan ahead this weekend due to several road construction projects around the metro. Highway projects include work on Highway 10 between West Main Street/Greenhaven Road and Seventh Avenue.
It appears we are right smack dab in the middle of our least favorite season in Minnesota — construction. As such, a number of road construction projects will tangle up traffic through the weekend.
A group of bicyclists want a protected bike lane on a busy road in Minneapolis. Minnehaha Avenue is set for reconstruction in 2015. Many in the local biking community would like to see a lane that physically separates them from both pedestrians and car traffic – a lane called a “cycle track.” For people who bike along Minnehaha, getting from point A to point B is a challenge. Nicole Nafziger knows firsthand how being so close to traffic can make for a scary experience when riding in the bike lane.
Drivers traveling around the metro are having to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations. Several of the major freeways in and around the Twin Cities are off limits until Monday’s morning rush hour.
It’s in your best interest to steer clear of I-35 northbound in Lakeville on Friday, according to MnDOT. Traffic backups are estimated to be six miles and increasing as the northbound lanes of the interstate are currently restricted to a single lane of traffic between County Road 50 and the I-35E/I-35W split in Burnsville during construction.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and other elected officials from along Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and St. Cloud are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to consider making it a higher state priority to widen the freeway by a lane in each direction.
The Twin Cities is one of the best metropolitan areas to get on a bike and travel around town. But with the uptick in cyclists, Hennepin County is now eyeing new ways to keep all kinds of commuters safe.
Speed limits have been around in Minnesota since 1881. Back then, a streetcar in Duluth couldn’t go above 6 miles per hour. It wasn’t until 1937 the state statutes as we know them today are written.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has opened to both car and boat traffic sooner than expected, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The bridge resumed its normal lift schedule at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge has been closed after a cable snapped Sunday evening, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Get ready for some major traffic trouble Monday. That’s when a five-month road project begins on Interstate 694 — one of the busiest roadways in the north metro.
Expect delays in both directions as I-35E in Burnsville will be reduced to a single lane as crews repair concrete pavement, MnDOT said. The work is between the I-35/35W/35E split and Cedar Avenue. One-lane traffic begins at midnight on Friday, June 14, and won’t open back up until mid-July.
Motorists in Hastings should expect a traffic switch with the new Hastings Bridge opening to southbound traffic on Highway 61 Monday night.
Drive down any major freeway around the metro and you’re bound to hit some type of road construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has dozens of projects underway in the Twin Cities, but this construction season is off to a slow start. The dreary weather is putting a damper on how often crews are able to get to work.
Two United States Senators were in St. Paul Thursday, pushing for federal money to fix what they say is a national crisis on the Mississippi River.
One person’s investment is another person’s traffic jam, which is at least the way Minneapolis is looking at it.
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A Friday afternoon crash has slowed northbound lanes on I-35W near 82nd Street in Bloomington. Details on the accident, have yet to emerge, but traffic is down to just two lanes.