No big traffic problems as classes start at the U of M

Shuttle bus
University of Minnesota students board a shuttle bus to take them to classes Tuesday morning, the first day of school.
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(AP) - Traffic is flowing smoothly so far as fall classes begin at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

No major traffic jams are reported. But motorists are still being urged to give themselves extra time if they're heading to campus.

A spokesman for the Regional Transportation Management Center in Roseville says only minor delays are reported on major arteries near the university.

Officials were expecting traffic jams as nearly 70,000 students, faculty and staff return to the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus for the first day of fall classes Tuesday.

Police will direct traffic at several bottlenecks that have seen backups since the I-35W bridge collapsed last month. Another problem is that the East Bank campus has about 1,100 fewer parking spots this year.

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