KSTP Traffic Round-Up: Concrete Beam on Hwy 52 Removed, Slick Spots Make for Slower AM Commute

December 06, 2017 09:09 AM

Drivers might want to slow down slightly on metro area highways, ramps and side roads due to still-present icy spots Wednesday morning.

KSTP Traffic Reporter Josie Smith said one such slick spot on eastbound Interstate 694 near Xerxes Avenue in Brooklyn Park caused a crash.


St. Paul Public Schools also issued a tweet Wednesday stating buses were delayed as a result of icy road conditions.

Smith also reported a semi traveling on southbound Highway 52 at the Lafayette Bridge lost its load, dropping what authorities estimated was a concrete beam measuring 20 ft. in length and weighing up to 2,000 lbs. The beam landed in the left lane and at least one vehicle struck it.

The semi driver, who was not injured, did pull the truck over at the scene.

A crew was able to remove the beam from the highway. Smith said 7th Street to southbound Highway 52 was closed while the crew worked, as was the ramp from westbound Interstate 94 to southbound Highway 52. Those entry points reopened about two hours later. The ramps from eastbound I-94 to southbound Highway 52 and southbound Interstate 35E to southbound Highway 52 remained open. 

Meanwhile, as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there were 565 crashes statewide after the state was hit with freezing rain and snow. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, of those crashes, only one was fatal. State patrol also reported 619 vehicles that either spun out or went off road.

RELATED: Minnesota Roads Remain Slick, More Than 500 Crashes Reported Statewide

Additionally, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, roadwork on Interstate 694 in Oakdale could be complete by Sunday. The interstate is closed from I-94 in Oakdale to Highway 36 in Pine Springs after a water main break caused a giant sinkhole Sunday.


Rebecca Omastiak

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