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With Super Bowl visitors peaking, here are the roads to avoid this weekend

100,000 visitors are expected in the Twin Cities this weekend.
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This weekend is probably going to be a mess for the Twin Cities transportation system.

An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected in the metro area this weekend, according to MnDOT, putting a huge strain on roads and transit systems.

If you're heading out in your car this weekend, these are the areas you'll want to avoid.

Interstates and highways

The I-35W and I-94 interchange area south of downtown Minneapolis is a hot mess at the best of times, this weekend it could be a nightmare.

MnDOT says these are the most likely choke points over the weekend itself, while on Monday there's likely to be congestion on I-494, Highway 62 and Highway 5 near MSP Airport as the exodus begins.

Downtown Minneapolis

You know what? Unless you're going downtown specifically for the reason of joining in with the Super Bowl festivities this weekend, it might be best to give it a miss.

Starting Friday, more roads around U.S. Bank Stadium closed for the weekend, and with road closures already in place along Nicollet Mall and the Minneapolis Convention Center, an already small downtown gets even smaller.

Here are a look at the downtown closures.

But if you are going into downtown, MnDOT has some suggestions on the best roads into the neighborhood.

Transit is probably your best option

You're probably best taking the bus or light rail to get downtown on the weekend.

Metro Transit says it has a "beefed up" schedule for this weekend, with buses and light rail services in operation as well as park and ride options.

You can find information on this here.

It still might take you a while to get there, but at least you won't have to worry about the extortionate cost of parking downtown.

A word of warning though, you'll need a Super Bowl ticket and a $30 special pass if you want to use the light rail to go downtown on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Green Line will only operate for the public between St. Paul and Stadium Village, with replacement buses taking people the rest of the way to Target Field.

The Blue Line meanwhile is being completely taken over by Super Bowl fans, with replacement buses running along the whole route for everyone else.

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