Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 17, 2016

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Hwy 52 lane closures near Cannon Falls, Hampton on May 19 for CapX2020

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists on Highway 52 south of Cannon Falls and north of Hampton will encounter lane closures on Thursday, May 19 while safety equipment is moved from one site to another, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

On Thursday, guard structures and barriers south of Cannon Falls will be moved to a site on Highway 52 south of the Dakota County Road 47-Highway 52 interchange near Hampton.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction at both locations while the work is taking place. The lane closures are for the safety of motorists and workers.

Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If weather postpones the work, it will be tried again on Friday, May 20.

If weather forces a delay in the work, MnDOT will update with a news release and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast).

Helicopters are assisting workers with other tasks for the project at various points on Highway 52 from the Cannon Falls area north past Hampton. 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, 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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