Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 19, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

Bridge cleaning work to take place on Hwys 52, 63 in Rochester, Stewartville

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter Minnesota Department of Transportation crews overnight next week through Rochester and Stewartville as they give more than 30 bridges a spring cleaning and inspection.
The Rochester crew will be conducting overnight work in the Hwy 52 corridor through Rochester, as well as Hwy 63 south to Stewartville. The work begins Sunday and runs through Thursday morning. Cleaning begins at 8 p.m. each night and wraps up at 6:30 a.m. the following day. The crew will clean more than 30 bridges in four nights.

The crew will be conducting moving operations using a variety of methods, such as arrow boards and changeable message boards to alert motorists during the nighttime operation. There will be limited flagging operations, only as needed on some of the city crossover bridges to ensure motorist safety.
The work is an annual effort to ensure that bridges are cleaned from the winter months and to identify any small maintenance issues to ensure the long life of the structure.

During the process, MnDOT crews use fresh water in higher pressure pumps to spray down the gutter lines and joints, while also doing a visual inspection of each bridge, looking for damage that might have occurred from traffic during the winter months. The sand and other material that accumulated over winter are swept up prior to the rinsing.

“It’s a high priority across the state,” said Larry Waletzki, MnDOT bridge maintenance supervisor in Rochester. “Motorists will see crews doing this work to make sure the bridges are well-maintained and last for a long time.”
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.