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News Release
August 19, 2011




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


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MnDOT closes 59th Avenue Northwest near Pine Island beginning Aug. 22


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists can expect 59th Avenue Northwest to close from Highway 52 to 520th Street Northwest near Pine Island beginning Monday, Aug. 22.

The closure is necessary while crews conduct grading work for the new Olmsted County Road 12, which is part of the Highway 52 Elk Run Interchange project.

Motorists traveling northbound on Highway 52 can still access 520th Street Northwest during the closure. A short section of 59th Avenue Northwest also will remain open to local traffic from Fifth Street Northwest. Road closure map.

Elk Run Interchange construction began in spring 2011 and is scheduled to continue through November 2012. Shafer Contracting Co. Inc. is the primary contractor for this $34.3 million project. 

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

The Minnesota Department of Transportation 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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