Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 19, 2014

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Temporary ramp closure for southbound Hwy 52 at 55th Street is May 19


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will not be able to enter southbound Hwy 52 at 55th Street Northwest in Rochester on Monday, May 19, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The temporary closure is necessary for crews to pour concrete to widen the ramp. The ramp will close at 7 a.m. and is expected to re-open on Monday night, weather permitting.

The work was originally scheduled for a different day, but was postponed because of weather delays.

Reconstruction of the Hwy 52 bridge at 55th Street NW began April 14. Work includes the widening of the bridge to the south and reconstruction of the outside lanes of 55th Street from the West Frontage Road of Hwy 52 to Bandel Road on the east side. The improvements are being made to improve traffic flow on 55th Street and the Hwy 52 ramps.

The $4.7 million city of Rochester project is being done through joint cooperation between the city, Olmsted County and MnDOT. Work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

The inside lanes of northbound and southbound Hwy 52 remain closed for construction of the bridge pier for bridge widening. The inside lane closures still provide two lanes of Hwy traffic in each direction and should not greatly impact Hwy traffic flow.

MnDOT urges motorists to always be attentive, drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For real-time traffic and travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.