Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 22, 2016

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Temporary traffic stoppages planned for Hwy 52 in Rochester on June 22

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Traffic on southbound Highway 52 in Rochester at 16th Street Southwest will be stopped for brief periods beginning at 10 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 (tonight), so crews can place a temporary overhead sign structure on the highway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The temporary closure will begin at 10 p.m. Southbound Highway 52 traffic will be stopped at the 16th Street Southwest exit. Closures will last as long as 15 minutes before traffic is allowed through and then another closure will take place for a similar length of time. Work is expected to be completed within two hours. The closure is only for southbound Highway 52 traffic.

Crews will be placing an overhead sign structure to aid southbound Highway 52 traffic as it splits prior to the Highway 52 bridge deck replacement project over Highway 63. Traffic is limited to single lanes in each direction through the construction zone.

The temporary sign structure is part of a $4.2 million project to replace the Highway 52 bridge decks over Highway 63 and connect Highway 52 north’s third lane to the bridge. The project, which includes painting the bridge after construction, is expected to be completed by Nov. 3. To learn more about this project, go to MnDOT’s project page: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52-63-interchange/.

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 in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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