Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 12, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 52 lane closures for CapX2020 postponed until Feb. 16

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Lane closures planned for Saturday, Feb. 13 on Highway 52 for the CapX2020 power line project have been postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 16 because of forecasted wind chills in the minus-20 range on Saturday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

On Feb. 16, work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., when crews move barriers and signs north from the highway near 420th Street to a site south of Goodhue County Road 8 at Hader. Traffic will be narrowed to single lanes in each direction at each work site. Work is expected to take all day. There will be no traffic stoppages.

There are eight CapX2020 crossings planned for Highway 52 through May. Additional work is occurring on the highway where existing lines are being removed. Motorists are asked to pay attention to their driving in the work zones 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, 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.

###