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Cc26
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06/02/2020 11:39AM
We are coming from Northwest Iowa. Would like to hear your thoughts on driving through Minneapolis tomorrow? Or if it would be smarter to buzz up through Saint cloud?
 
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TipsyPaddler
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06/02/2020 11:49AM
Are you headed to Ely area or North Shore? Time of day makes a big difference too. With the slow roll back to opening the MN economy traffic levels are down significantly.

I avoided I-35W even before the current unpleasantness due to some ongoing construction projects south of downtown Minneapolis. If you are coming up I-35 you can take I-35E and pass through St. Paul. Or you can take one of the other major north-south running highways west of downtown Minneapolis like MN-100 or I-169. Last summer I used MN-100 & I-694 a lot as an alternate to I-35W when I headed to northern MN.
 
06/02/2020 11:53AM
Cc26: "We are coming from Northwest Iowa. Would like to hear your thoughts on driving through Minneapolis tomorrow? Or if it would be smarter to buzz up through Saint cloud?"

It depends on when you plan on driving through. Morning or early afternoon and you’re probably fine (I’d take 35E over 35W). Later in the day is a crapshoot. Highways have been shutdown as early as 5:00 pm.
 
sinking3
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06/02/2020 12:15PM
It may help to check Mn 511 site for travel info. This link will take directly to the 'Metro' map portion. https://hb.511mn.org
I use it often during winter months and it is pretty up to date with car crash locations. (spin outs on snow/ice)
You can even view current cameras along the route to 'see' conditions for yourself.
 
inspector13
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06/02/2020 12:27PM

Only the freeways inside the I494/I694 loop have been closed. If you are worried about closures, from I35 take I35E north heading towards St. Paul.

From there, exit going east on I494 at the Eagan/Mendota Heights border. When you cross the Mississippi at South St. Paul I494 turns to the north. There is some construction in Woodbury related to the freeway interchange with I94.

I494 becomes I694 when it crosses that interchange. Keep heading north on I694 through Oakdale. I694 turns west at Pine Springs/White Bear Lake.

Exit back onto north bound I35E in White Bear Lake. I35E and I35W merge back together in Columbus.

 
thegildedgopher
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06/02/2020 12:32PM
I see no need to make a long detour. Last night they kept the highways open. The most recent info for the day can be found on MN Dpt of Transportation twitter feed. If they have an urgent announcement like closing metro highways it will be pinned to the top of their feed.

I'd go the St Paul route and take 35E when it splits by Burnsville. 35W has a handful of projects going on from Burnsville to Rush City and it will vary from alternating lane closures to PITA detours. Just stay on 35E North through and past downtown St Paul, and eventually it becomes 35 again.

I'm not sure what your plans are, but curfews are still in affect in metro communities from 10pm-4am. No cars allowed on the streets unless you're an essential worker coming/going to work. I'd be sure to gas up well south of the metro and avoid getting off the freeway.

You will have slow downs on 35 from Harris to Rush City and a bit north of there as they have been repaving an 8-mile stretch there. It's not all that bad, just a minor inconvenience -- 15 minutes or so lost.
 
Jaywalker
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06/02/2020 01:28PM
I had to run errands yesterday and came back home via the 35W bridge where the truck drove into the crowd. You would not have known anything at all had happened there the night before. That was about 3pm. If driving before 5pm, I can’t imagine driving around the cities.
 
Savage Voyageur
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06/02/2020 02:35PM
I would suggest going around the 494 loop and stay clear of downtown. Make sure you are past Minneapolis by 2:00 pm because of traffic. 10:00-2:00 is perfect travel time.
 
Cc26
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06/02/2020 04:09PM
ZaraSp00k: "if you do, take 35E and avoid all other freeway in metro area

you never know what the protesters are going to do, in fact they often change their own plans, and considering Walz, Frey, and Melvin say they will protect the protesters right to protest and make no mention of protecting anybody else's rights .... "

Yes, this what is my concern with the protests and everything going on up there.
 
wrestlencanoe
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06/02/2020 05:18PM
Thanks for the info everyone! I'm driving up from NE Iowa tomorrow 52 to 35E and should be passing through around 1030-1100 am. Putting in at Mudro on Thursday. I had the same question in the back of my mind so thanks for asking. Friendly honk and wave if you see this rig with 2 canoes.
 
MN_Lindsey
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06/02/2020 06:17PM
wrestlencanoe: "Thanks for the info everyone! I'm driving up from NE Iowa tomorrow 52 to 35E and should be passing through around 1030-1100 am. Putting in at Mudro on Thursday. I had the same question in the back of my mind so thanks for asking. Friendly honk and wave if you see this rig with 2 canoes.
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Wave to Mudro for me when it shows its face after the creek paddle. It's my favorite EP. Have so much fun and it sounds like you're set with 35E which is what I would have suggested.

 
cyclones30
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06/02/2020 06:41PM
Similar question....I'm headed to a cabin from NE IA to near Walker, MN. Normal route is up 35 to 35W, then around the loop west and north on 494 and NW on 94 eventually getting on 10 before St. Cloud.

Sounds like there's construction on 35W south of 494? My non-cities route has usually been something like Hwy 14 west to New Ulm and north on 15 to St. Cloud. Thoughts on either? (our BW or Q trip this year isn't until late summer/early fall)
 
podgeo
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06/02/2020 08:55PM
wrestlencanoe: "Thanks for the info everyone! I'm driving up from NE Iowa tomorrow 52 to 35E and should be passing through around 1030-1100 am. Putting in at Mudro on Thursday. I had the same question in the back of my mind so thanks for asking. Friendly honk and wave if you see this rig with 2 canoes.
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At that time morning you should sail right though St.Paul

Just remember when you get the end of 52 in Downtown St. Paul. Stay in the middle lane on the Bridge to hit 94 west / 35 north exit
 
wrestlencanoe
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06/02/2020 09:50PM
Thanks!
 
inspector13
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06/03/2020 07:12AM
cyclones30: "Similar question...Thoughts on either?"
There’s not enough construction or traffic to counterpoise the monotony of traveling through a million corn fields. I’d take the freeway.

 
cyclones30
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06/03/2020 09:03AM
Thanks, we farm and I work in Ag so I crop scout from the road on the way up. I drive by miles of corn and beans every day so I sometimes prefer it to construction and traffic but thanks for easing my concern
 
ZaraSp00k
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06/04/2020 08:56AM
inspector13: There’s not enough construction or traffic to counterpoise the monotony of traveling through a million corn fields. "
The freeway isn't monotonous? I get it though, usually quicker, but if you get caught in one of those two lanes down to one lane jams that backs up for a couple miles and moves at a snails pace, I'll take a two lane every time. Anybody who can take 53 through WI, should.
 
inspector13
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06/04/2020 11:19AM

Not for a defensive driver. It's a test.

 
Alumacraft3
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06/06/2020 02:52PM
We are headed to Fall Lake at the end of this month with a camper. I have always taken 35 E on my way north but it’s been awhile. Is there any trailer restrictions on 35 E or will I be ok to pull a camper on that route?
 
thegildedgopher
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06/06/2020 05:38PM
Alumacraft3: "We are headed to Fall Lake at the end of this month with a camper. I have always taken 35 E on my way north but it’s been awhile. Is there any trailer restrictions on 35 E or will I be ok to pull a camper on that route?"

A-OK
 
jhb8426
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06/07/2020 01:26AM
In general MN road conditions/closures etc can be found here.
MN 511 - Min Travel info
 
podgeo
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06/07/2020 06:13AM
Alumacraft3: "We are headed to Fall Lake at the end of this month with a camper. I have always taken 35 E on my way north but it’s been awhile. Is there any trailer restrictions on 35 E or will I be ok to pull a camper on that route?"

Theres a weight restriction from where Hwy 5 crosses 35E by the river to downtown St. Paul where it meets 94. And the speed limit though there is also 45mph

Think its around 8000# not sure tho
 
Alumacraft3
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06/07/2020 06:52PM
Would 35 W be better pulling a camper? I’m guessing we would be in the cities anywhere from 10am to noon if that makes a difference? Are the protesters still disrupting things or should that be a non issue?
 
ZaraSp00k
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06/08/2020 07:07AM
no, 35W has many lane shifts due to construction

I use 35E all the time, although the speed limit is 45, I'd say that is the minimum speed anybody goes, most traffic is doing 10-15 over, which is no different than any other freeway

I'm not encouraging speeding, just stating a fact
 
podgeo
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06/08/2020 10:28PM
Alumacraft3: "Would 35 W be better pulling a camper? I’m guessing we would be in the cities anywhere from 10am to noon if that makes a difference? Are the protesters still disrupting things or should that be a non issue?"

Like Zaraspook says-- Stay away from 35w.. Take the 494e/694w loop around or jump over to 52 take that to 35e. If your not worried about take 35e though St Paul. Can always play the im not from around here card if you get stopped which I doubt you will.
 
nofish
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06/08/2020 10:46PM
Personally I'd just plug my start and end point into google maps or whatever gps app you prefer and let that tell you which way to go. They'll all factor in current traffic and construction issues and give you the fastest route. I doubt any of them are going to be real bad given your time of travel, I'm sure you'll sail right through any of them.
 
Alumacraft3
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06/09/2020 04:54AM
podgeo: "Alumacraft3: "Would 35 W be better pulling a camper? I’m guessing we would be in the cities anywhere from 10am to noon if that makes a difference? Are the protesters still disrupting things or should that be a non issue?"


Like Zaraspook says-- Stay away from 35w.. Take the 494e/694w loop around or jump over to 52 take that to 35e. If your not worried about take 35e though St Paul. Can always play the im not from around here card if you get stopped which I doubt you will."


Thanks for the reply. What do you mean by if I get stopped tell them I’m not from around here? Are you talking about speeding? Or is it illegal to pull a trailer through that area. Someone above mentioned a weight limit in a certain section of 35 E. I have a f250 that weighs around 6000lbs and the camper is just shy of 5000lbs dry. I’m guessing the weight limit is to keep semi traffic away but wondering if they don’t want pickups and trailers traveling there.
 
podgeo
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06/09/2020 05:47AM
Alumacraft3: "podgeo: "Alumacraft3: "Would 35 W be better pulling a camper? I’m guessing we would be in the cities anywhere from 10am to noon if that makes a difference? Are the protesters still disrupting things or should that be a non issue?"



Like Zaraspook says-- Stay away from 35w.. Take the 494e/694w loop around or jump over to 52 take that to 35e. If your not worried about take 35e though St Paul. Can always play the im not from around here card if you get stopped which I doubt you will."



Thanks for the reply. What do you mean by if I get stopped tell them I’m not from around here? Are you talking about speeding? Or is it illegal to pull a trailer through that area. Someone above mentioned a weight limit in a certain section of 35 E. I have a f250 that weighs around 6000lbs and the camper is just shy of 5000lbs dry. I’m guessing the weight limit is to keep semi traffic away but wondering if they don’t want pickups and trailers traveling there."


Yes there is a weight limit on that stretch of road. Its considered a parkway thats why it has a 45mph limit and weight restriction. So I was told one time.

You could be over that limit with a f250 and your trailer. I'll try look next time I go up 35e and see what the restrictions are. Have couple jobs I've been working on In that area.
 
ZaraSp00k
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06/09/2020 07:43AM
the weight limit is 9000 pounds per vehicle, I don't know if that includes a trailer or not
as for the speed limit, do the same speed as everyone else, which will likely be 55-60 mph, although pulling a large trailer might make you stand out more, when I drive my bright red Corvette through there I never drive faster than everybody else, giving tickets is like fishing, the attractiveness of the bait/presentation
it's only a short distance and is the shortest way through TC area using the freeways, and no construction, and the biggest plus NOT Mpls

52 is an option if the practice freeway is a no go for your rig, it will take you an extra 5 minutes, it is 3 miles longer and is much more prone to traffic jams than 35E, but it is still better than 35W

 
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