Major highways in and out of Minneapolis, St. Paul to close as safety measure

The roadways close at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Another step has been taken to ensure safety and limit travel in and out of Minneapolis and St. Paul with more riots expected Saturday night. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is closing down major highways leading in and out of the Twin Cities beginning at 7 p.m. 

  • I-35W north/south between I-694 & Hwy. 62
  • I-35E north/south between Hwy. 36 & Hwy. 62
  • I-94 east/west between I-694 & the I-694/I-494 interchange
  • I-394 east between Hwy. 100 & I-94
  • Hwy. 55 north/south between Hwy. 62 & I-94

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul, in addition to numerous surrounding suburban cities, have curfews in place beginning at 8 p.m. Gov. Tim Walz said earlier Saturday that anyone out after 8 p.m. in Minneapolis will be considered to be aiding and abetting rioters aiming to destroy property. 

"To be in the street after 8 p.m. means we can’t separate you from the bad people," said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. 

The National Guard is expected to have upwards of 2,500 soldiers and airmen helping police, the State Patrol and other county and local law-enforcement officers protect people and property Saturday night. 

"If you are an innocent bystander going out there tonight, you will be swept up in this," said Walz, later adding: "It will be a dangerous situation on the streets tonight."

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