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Public Affairs Coordinator
- Kristine Hernandez
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Minnesota Department of
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Rochester, MN 55901
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UPDATE: Highway 52 is closed in both directions near Pine Island
ROCHESTER, Minn. – (2:15 p.m.) Northbound and southbound Highway 52 are closed due to flooding near Pine Island, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Long-term Northbound Highway 52 Detour:
Traffic should go east on Olmsted County Road 14 (75th Street), north on Highway 63, west on Highway 60 (Zumbro Falls) and then back to Highway 52 near Zumbrota.
Short-term Southbound Highway 52 Detour:
Traffic should go east on Highway 60 (near Zumbrota), south on Highway 63 (Zumbro Falls), west on Olmsted County Road 12 (Oronoco) and then back to Highway 52.
To reduce congestion, motorists traveling north from Rochester should take Highway 63 out of Rochester, rather than travel on Highway 52. Local traffic heading northbound on Highway 52 may travel up to Oronoco and just south of Pine Island.
Northbound Highway 52 is closed due to a culvert separation that occurred Thursday morning. This is a long-term closure expected to last up to one week.
Southbound Highway 52 is closed at Zumbrota due to water rising over the road south of Highway 60. This is a short-term closure that will be lifted when flood waters subside.
Motorists should expect long delays on Highway 52 and avoid the area.
Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.
MnDOT crews are working around the clock to make highways safe, control flooding and repair roads when waters recess.
Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_during.shtm):
- Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
- Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris.
- MnDOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way.
- Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to check the state's traveler information Web site www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes. NOTE: Please use the low bandwidth option, as current high traffic volumes cause updating delays with the high bandwidth version.
- Do not drive into flooded areas.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles.
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
Many roadways are very muddy and when wet, the surfaces become very slippery. In addition, many roadways are narrow due to flooding impacts and many are missing shoulders.