Morning commute on I-35W is getting worse

10:27 PM, Jun 18, 2007   |    comments
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If you were one of thousands of drivers stuck in the Interstate-35W southbound crawl Monday, we've got news for you, it's going to happen again and again and again. "You can actually probably expect that it will be down to two lanes through the bulk of the summer into the middle or the end of September," MnDOT engineer Eric Embacher said. The river bridge work is causing traffic tie ups on 35 beginning at Stinson Boulevard all the way to Interstate 94. The project began on Monday and if the morning rush hour is any indication it's going to cause major delays getting into the city. "We anticipated there would be traffic impact and we did try to put the notice out," Embacher said. Southbound or inbound traffic is the only direction being worked on for now. One of the alternative routes to consider is Highway 280, which dumps out at 94. There are other alternate routes, but keep in mind this is construction season. "Something like this we don't have a whole lot of options and that causes more headaches for traffic," Embacher said. Southbound 35W isn't the only project. Beginning next week the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 in that stretch will go in for work as well. This weekend a total shutdown for the southbound lanes will take place from 8 p.m. Friday until dawn on Monday, June 25. "When we do close traffic on 35 for the weekend we will basically be taking them to the highway 280 and 94 that may be the potential route for traffic."

By Jana Shortal, KARE 11 News

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