Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 17, 2014

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Temporary Hwy 52 detour in Rochester scheduled overnight Thursday


ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a temporary overnight detour Thursday on Hwy 52 at 55th Street Northwest in Rochester as crews set beams on the bridge over the Hwy, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

At 8 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 55th Street Northwest will be closed at Hwy 52. No traffic will be allowed to cross the Hwy or turn onto the Hwy. Then at 9 p.m., Hwy 52 will be closed in both directions. The closure could be in effect through 6 a.m., Friday, June 20, however, if construction crews are able to open the roadways sooner, they will do so.

55th Street NW traffic will be detoured to 41st Street Northwest and the east and west frontage roads to reach local destinations.

Northbound and southbound Hwy 52 traffic will be routed up and down the ramps at 55th Street. Traffic signals at the ramps will be kept green to improve traffic flow.

The closure is necessary for the safety of motorists and construction crews while beams are set on the bridge that spans Hwy 52.

If weather doesn’t allow for completion of the work on Thursday, a closure will occur Friday night into Saturday morning. Look for updates from the city of Rochester, as well.

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.

With this project, MnDOT is working with its partners to enhance an efficient and effective transportation system.

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 visit www.mndot.gov.