KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Crashes on I-694, I-94, I-494 Cause Significant Delays during AM Commute

February 08, 2018 08:52 AM

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There were several crashes Thursday in the greater metro area, according to KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith.

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A crash on eastbound Interstate 94 prior to Interstate 35W blocked the left lane. A crash also occurred prior to the Lowry Hill Tunnel, Smith said.

That crash cleared about an hour and a half later, Smith said.

Another crash occurred in traffic backed up from the earlier incident. Smith said the second crash occurred on westbound I-94 at Highway 280, in the midst of "gawker slowdowns" from the earlier crash on the eastbound side of the interstate.

Meanwhile, a crash that blocked all lanes but the righthand shoulder on westbound Interstate 494 at France Avenue caused significant delays.

Smith said authorities reported at least seven vehicles, including a semi, were involved in the crash, which happened around 8:12 a.m.

Earlier, two crashes occurred on westbound Interstate 694 past University Avenue; a box truck blocked the center lane and a crash occurred just ahead of the truck in the left shoulder.

Smith said drivers should allow for at least 45 minutes of extra time along westbound I-694 from I-35W to Highway 252 as a result of the crashes.

A couple of spinouts also occurred during the morning commute; one happened on Highway 52 at Southview Boulevard in South St. Paul and another occurred on eastbound Highway 10 near University Avenue.

A tow truck also arrived at the scene of a spinout on the northbound I-35W ramp to westbound Highway 13 in Burnsville.

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