KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Slick Roads in the Metro Double Commute Times, Delay Public Transit

December 11, 2017 09:31 AM

Slick road conditions caused traffic to slow down and delayed public transit Monday morning.

KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said drivers should plan for their commute time to double.


Smith reported, as of 7:45 a.m., a multi-vehicle crash occurred involving a bus and other cars on Highway 61 northbound near Glen Road in Newport.

Shortly afterward, Smith reported a crash occurred on eastbound Interstate 494 just past the Minnesota River Bridge.

Metro Transit reported the Blue Line experienced a delay Monday morning as the result of a car on the tracks near the 38th Street Station. The vehicle was removed just before 7 a.m.

Additionally, Metro Transit reported road conditions were delaying metro area buses. According to Metro Transit, by 9 a.m., 55 percent of its buses were delayed about 12 minutes. The Blue Line, Green Line and Northstar were on time by 9 a.m., Metro Transit reported.

Earlier Monday morning, eastbound Interstate 94 at Dowling Avenue in Minneapolis re-opened after a wrong way crash closed it. 

Smith said the incident happened just before 1:30 a.m. The wrong way driver and the driver of a second vehicle collided head-on.

Authorities said there were injuries as a result of the crash but did not release any additional details.

As of 7:45 a.m., slower than normal traffic was reported on eastbound I-94 in the northwest metro.

Meanwhile, Smith said spinouts were common on metro area roads Monday morning as the result of snowy conditions.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation also advised drivers to plan for extra time during the morning commute.

The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook, stating portions of north-central and northeastern Minnesota could see 1-3 inches of snow, and areas to the west of Interstate 94 could see freezing drizzle early Monday morning.

RELATED: Commute Alert: Allow Extra Time, as Monday's AM Drive Will Be Slick

KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said there could be a few more snow showers later in the morning, with the chance of a light coating in the metro area.


Rebecca Omastiak

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