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Event-filled weekend + highway closures = no fun for Twin Cities drivers

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The runners in two Twin Cities marathons scheduled this weekend have the right idea – with the road traffic expected to slam the metro, those on foot might be better off.

There are closures on at least a dozen metro highways, with a couple major ones set for Friday night, according to MNDot's website.

As the Star Tribune cautions, the eastbound I-94 between Highway 280 and I-35E will close at 10 p.m., leading to headaches for sports fans on their way out of Twins and Lynx games in downtown Minneapolis, where traffic from the Minnesota Fringe Festival may also complicate matters.

The paper says another big closure will happen on the eastbound I-394 in Minneapolis and Golden Valley, also at 10 p.m. Friday, when the highway will be limited to a paltry two lanes – which thousands of vehicles could end up sharing on the morning commute next week.

MNDot says it's due to a laundry list of repairs, including the removal of asphalt, guardrail fixes and road joint work, which won't be completed until mid-August when the road is set to re-open.

Elsewhere, the closed Snelling Avenue bridge over I-94 continues to haunt metro drivers. The overpass will stay that off-limits until August 13 as crews work to replace its driving surface and railings, while a number of related closures are popping up this weekend – click here for a full listing.

A busy weekend

Aside from the Urban Wildlife Half Marathon in Richfield and the Minnesota Half Marathon in St. Paul, there are plenty of other goings on that may make your weekend commute a mess.

This includes the Mississippi River Boat Ballet, the Northeast Dog Parade, and the Loring Alley Rally and Made Here Market, an outdoor art and music get-together, according to the rundown on the City Pages weekend event calendar.

The Twins are scheduled to play against the Seattle Mariners Friday and Saturday evening (and Sunday afternoon), while the Lynx will square off against the Atlanta Dream on Friday, and the Tulsa Shock on Saturday.

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