Twin Cities commuters spend more than two days a year stuck in traffic, study says

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Traffic was apparently moving smoothly through downtown on this morning.
TomTom's 2014 Traffic Index uses GPS data from millions of users to break down both how congested each major metro in the Americas is relative to the others and which times of the week are most gridlocked.

The study indicates our roadways are relatively unclogged -- out of the 62 cities evaluated, the Twin Cities ranked as the 42nd most congested. But last year was a little hairier than 2012, as congestion increased by about 20 percent year to year.

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Minnesota's highways among the worst in the nation, study says

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New restrictions mean parking in Minneapolis might be a mess until April

The city of Minneapolis imposed winter parking restrictions yesterday, meaning drivers face a $200-plus ticket and tow if they park on the even numbered side of non-Snow Emergency Routes.

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Minneapolis's move came days after Minnesota's most recent snowpocalypse left some city streets too narrow for emergency vehicles to safety operate.

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Washington Avenue to get protected bike lanes

Design details have yet to be finalized but the county provided this template. Street-walking ghosts not included.
Washington Avenue is going to suck less -- especially if you're a pedestrian or biker.

That's because Hennepin County approved plans this week to widen areas for walkers and add protected bike lanes to connect downtown to the Mississippi River and U of M.

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Check out this video of insane pileup on Wisconsin highway

Think the roads are bad here? You're right, of course. But over the weekend, they were as bad, if not worse, in Wisconsin, where at least three people died because of crashes on slick roads on Sunday.

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Dramatic footage of one of a number of pileups in southeast Wisconsin on Sunday has been released by the state's Department of Transportation. Suffice it to say it's porn for people who like to watch cars slamming into each other.

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225 DWI arrests over July 4 holiday

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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety considers July 4 the deadliest day of the year. And with good reason: Over the past five years, 19 have died on the roads on Independence Day.

Alcohol is the clear culprit of the holiday danger.

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- Thanksgiving weekend brings more than 100 DWIs, 500 crashes across the state
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Minnesota's highways among the worst in the nation, study says

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Minnesota's highways are bad and getting worse relative to other states, the report says.
The Reason Foundation's 2013 installment of its annual state-by-state highway rankings puts Minnesota toward the bottom of the list.

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The study pegs Minnesota's highways as the eighth worst in the country. Our marks are especially poor in the areas of urban interstate congestion (49th) and rural interstate pavement condition (49th).

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I-94 traffic snarled by "serious accident" involving multiple injuries [PHOTOS]

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A heavily trafficked stretch of I-94 is closed following a serious accident.
-- 1:15 p.m. update -- I-94 eastbound is now fully reopened --

Traffic on westbound I-94 near just east of Rogers is ground to a halt following a 10 a.m. accident involving two vehicles.

Details are scant at this point, but according to the State Patrol, five people were injured in the "serious accident," with two of them requiring an air ambulance to take them for medical treatment.

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Dog gets on I-94, jukes out officials, causes traffic jam [VIDEO]

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The dog had no trouble juking out this state patroler.
It looks like the dog that got loose on I-94 near 694 this morning has been watching a lot of Adrian Peterson game tape.

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The hound put the juke on workers and law enforcement officials who tried to stop him from prancing down the interstate, eluding them for nearly a half hour before being corralled around 9:30 a.m.

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Mayoral candidate Cam Winton crowns city's worst pothole

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Mayoral candidate Cam Winton, center, framed by the "winning" pothole.
On Monday afternoon, Minneapolis mayoral candidate Cam Winton held a press conference to deplore Minneapolis's commitment to its roads. Location of the conference? Inside a pothole.

Winton launched a contest to find the "Worst Pothole in Minneapolis" last week. After dozens of submissions, he crowned a winner: the figure-eight crater at the intersection of 38th Street and Zenith Avenue South, southwest of Lake Calhoun. There, in the middle of the street, Winton set up a microphone and campaign banner, and stepped into the pothole.

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Twin Cities commute times haven't changed in five years

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Whoever these lucky commuters are, they're missing rush hour.
When you're seeing red from tail lights on 35W in the morning, you can start wondering what all those other commuters are doing. Does everyone have to be at work at the same time as you? How long would it take to get to the office if you finally gave in and switched to the bus? And is traffic in the Twin Cities at least getting any better?

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- Minnesota's proportion of native-born residents decreasing, says census
- U.S. Senate approves $700 million for Minnesota transportation projects
- Twin Cities ranked 5th best in America for public transportation

The census has new answers.

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