Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Jan. 5, 2016

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Highway 52 lane restrictions, traffic delays for CapX2020 set for Thursday, Monday

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists should be alert to lane restrictions on Highway 52 north of Zumbrota on Thursday, Jan. 7 as workers prepare safety equipment to pull rope over the highway between two powerline poles, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

The work, weather permitting, will begin Thursday morning at approximately 9 a.m. near Highway 52 mile marker 84, which is about five miles north of Zumbrota and south of Goodhue County Road 50. During the safety equipment installation, traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction.

On Monday, Jan. 11, traffic will be briefly stopped while a helicopter pulls rope from one pole to the next over Highway 52. Once the helicopter has cleared the highway, traffic will resume. The previous work on Dec. 21 resulted in traffic delays of less than two minutes during each crossing of the highway. This work will begin around noon and last into the afternoon. Traffic delays are not lengthy.

During the traffic delays, motorists in both directions will be directed to one lane in each direction in the area where the work is being done. When the helicopter is set to cross the highway, Minnesota State Patrol troopers will temporarily stop traffic and then release traffic when the helicopter has moved past the roadway.

If weather forces a delay in the work, lane restrictions will occur on Monday, Jan. 11 and the traffic delays will occur Tuesday, Jan. 12. MnDOT will update with a news release and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast) if inclement weather forces a change in the schedule.

There are eight CapX2020 crossings planned for Highway 52 during the next six months. The first crossing was completed in mid-December. Similar lane closures and traffic delays will occur at those crossings as the work progresses north. Helicopters will be assisting workers stringing wire between the poles along Highway 52 during this time. Motorists are asked to pay attention to their driving and not stop on the roadway or shoulder.

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 1-866-876-2869 or visit www.capx2020.com.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•     Stay alert
•     Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•     Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•     Avoid tailgating
•     Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•     Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

About the CapX2020 Hampton-North Rochester project
Construction on the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kV transmission line started north of Rochester in early 2013 and is expected to be complete in 2016. The transmission line will run between the new Hampton substation near Hampton, Minnesota and the new North Rochester substation north of Pine Island. It continues on to cross the Mississippi River near Alma, Wisconsin. Single steel pole structures for the 345 kV line are between 140 and 170 feet tall and spaced 800 to 1,000 feet apart.

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