Aug 6, 2007 10:14 am US/Central
Transit Alternatives To I-35W
Getting around the Twin Cities is going to be tough for some time after the Interstate 35W bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday.
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For those driving on I-35W southbound from the North Metro, Highway 280 will be the main route to replace I-35W. Authorities said they will convert Hwy. 280 into a temporary freeway, eliminating the traffic signals. Drivers going to and from Hwy. 280 won't be allowed to access County Road B, Broadway St. NE and Roselawn Ave.
The traffic signals at those locations will remain green at all times.
Southbound 35W will have one lane open from Stinson Boulevard to the Fourth Street/University Avenue exit. The ramps from Johnson Street and East Hennepin Avenue to southbound 35W will stay closed.
For those driving on I-35W northbound from the South Metro, the road will be closed at the Third Street/U of M exits. Traffic will be able to exit onto those roads. The ramp to Washington Avenue South from northbound 35W will remain closed.
Other roads to consider include Highway 100, Highway 169 and Interstate 35E.
The 10th Avenue bridge that runs parallel to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse site will also remain closed, as will parts of Second Street Southeast and West River Parkway.
BY MASS TRANSIT
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Metro Transit is adding extra buses from park and ride locations in the north metro to help ease some of the expected congestion on the I-35W alternate routes.
To encourage people to try out the transit system, Metro Transit is offering free rides Aug. 6-10 on select routes from some park and rides.
Those park and rides include:
-Northtown, Blaine (Routes 852, 854)
-Regal Cinemas, Brooklyn Center (Route 766)
-Brooklyn Boulevard/65th Avenue North, Brooklyn Center (Route 760)
-63rd Avenue/County Road 81, Brooklyn Park (Route 767)
-Highway 252/73rd Avenue, Brooklyn Park (Route 766)
-Highway 610/Noble Avenue, Brooklyn Park (Route 766)
-Foley Boulevard/Highway 610, Coon Rapids (Route 850, 852)
-Maplewood Mall Beam/Southlawn, Maplewood (Routes 270, 272)
-Hmong Alliance Church near County Road C/Highway 61, Maplewood (Routes 270, 272)
-County Road H/I-35W, Moundsview (Route 250)
-Guardian Angels Church Inverwood Avenue/4th Street, Oakdale (Routes 375, 353)
-Grace Church Hamline Avenue/County Road B2, Roseville (Routes 260, 261)
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