Twin Cities traffic could really, really suck on Thursday

There's a boatload of sporting events going on. Oh, and the State Fair.

A smorgasbord of live sports coupled with the Minnesota State Fair means traffic in the Twin Cities could be nightmarish on Thursday.

Here's what we're dealing with:

– The Twins play at Target Field starting noon.

– The Gophers play at TCF Bank Stadium starting at 6 p.m.

– The Vikings have their last preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium at 7 p.m.

– The Saints play in St. Paul at 7 p.m.

Oh, and there's the small matter of the 150,000-plus people expected at the State Fairgrounds.

These events, combined with rush hour traffic, could turn Twin Cities roads into parking lots on Thursday evening.

It's prompted Metro Transit, unsurprisingly, to encourage people to take public transport to get around the metro area.

There is at least some good news for drivers though, with some vital ramps opening Thursday morning after being closed for construction, including 35W north to I-94 west, Hwy. 55 to 94 east and 4th Avenue to 94 west.

But the Lowry Hill Tunnel could cause a lot of problems. Although it has only just reopened fully Wednesday morning, WCCO notes the westbound lanes will close overnight on Thursday, causing potential havoc for those leaving the evening games.

WCCO has information on detours for those leaving the games right here.

And if you're looking to avoid chaos on the roads it'll be a fine day to take advantage of the Twin Cities' extensive bikeways, with the forecast suggesting a sunny day with a high of 75.

You can find information about biking to the Minnesota State Fair here.

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