Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 19, 2014

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Motorists should be alert for sign replacement crews in Rochester on Hwys 52, 63


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists should be alert for work crews who are replacing and removing signs on Hwys 63 and 52 in Rochester beginning Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The crews might be closing one to two lanes of Hwy depending on where they are working, so it’s important for motorists to be attentive and watch for warning lights and signs. The lane closures will last for short periods of time. The crews will be working on overhead signs, signs on bridges and signs along the roadway, as they update the Hwy 63 route. Work is expected to last into early June.

The work is part of MnDOT’s turnback of portions of Hwy 63 to Olmsted County and the city of Rochester, which occurred in June 2013. H&R Construction of Dalton, Minnesota, was the low bidder on the contract for $154,453. Approximately 175 signs will be replaced.

As part of the agreement, Hwy 63 between Hwy 52 and Olmsted County Road 22/37th Street Northwest was released to the city of Rochester, and from Olmsted County Road 22/37th Street Northwest to Olmsted County Road 14/75th Street was released to Olmsted County.  

Hwy 63 now follows Hwy 52 north to Olmsted County Road 14/75th Street, which becomes the new Hwy 63 east to the roundabout.

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.