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News Release
June 13, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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Construction on the Elk Run Interchange underway
Innovative design brings one of the first diverging diamond interchanges to Minnesota 


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Construction on the Elk Run Interchange on Highway 52 is underway, with crews completing tree removals, excavation work and surveying in the coming weeks. Major construction on the interchange is scheduled to begin in late June.  

The Elk Run Interchange’s innovative design will bring one of the first diverging diamond interchanges (DDI) to Minnesota. With the DDI design, opposing lanes of traffic criss-cross at the ends of the interchange. Traffic signals, signs, pavement markings and concrete barriers guide motorists through the interchange. 

The DDI design provides several benefits, including:


More information about the design, including an illustration and animations, can be found on the project website,  

Additional work on area frontage roads will also begin later this summer. Construction is anticipated to continue through November 2012. Shafer Contracting Co., Inc. is the primary contractor for this project. 

For more information on the Elk Run Interchange project, call the project hotline at 1-866-729-3995 or visit

Mn/DOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones. For statewide travel information visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to




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