Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 3, 2016

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Brief Hwy 52 delays planned south of Hampton on June 7 for CapX2020 work

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 52 south of Hampton will see brief, intermittent traffic delays in each direction on Tuesday, June 7 for the CapX2020 power line when a helicopter pulls rope over the highway between two poles, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

On Tuesday, a helicopter will pull ropes at two crossings, which are a less than a mile apart just south of Highway 50 at Hampton. The first crossing will begin at 9 a.m. at mile marker 105 near the Highway 50 interchange. The other crossing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. near mile marker 104 south of Hampton. These are the final Highway 52 crossings scheduled for the CapX2020 project.

Past work has resulted in traffic delays of less than two minutes during each crossing of the highway. The helicopter is expected to pull rope across the highway four times at this site.

During the traffic delays, motorists 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 after the helicopter has moved past the roadway. . Four ropes are pulled at each crossing.

If weather forces a delay in the work, MnDOT will update with a news release and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast). Work would occur on Wednesday, June 8, if weather postpone’s Tuesday’s work.

Additionally, motorists on Highway 52 in the vicinity of Hampton will see lane restrictions on Monday, June 6 when barriers and guard poles are moved and installed at the sites south of Hampton where Tuesday’s rope pull work is scheduled. Traffic in both directions will be restricted to single lanes each way from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the work. If weather delays the work, it will be moved to Tuesday, June 7.

These are the last two of eight CapX2020 crossings on Highway 52. The first crossing was completed in mid-December. Helicopters are also 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, 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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