Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 7, 2016

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Hwy 52, 63 nighttime lane closures planned in Rochester for cleaning bridges

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter Minnesota Department of Transportation crews beginning Sunday, June 12 doing nighttime work through Rochester as they give more than 30 bridges a spring cleaning.

The Rochester crew will be conducting overnight work in the Highway 52 corridor through Rochester. The work will stretch from 55th Street Northwest to the Highway 52-Highway 63 south interchange, as well as the bridge on Highway 63 at 40th Street South. The work begins June 12 and runs through 6 a.m., June 16.

Cleaning begins at 8 p.m. each night and wraps up at 6 a.m. the following day. The crew will clean more than 30 bridges in four nights.
Motorists will encounter lane closures and flaggers at some bridges to ensure the safety of motorists and the workers. The work is being done overnight to minimize traffic delays during peak travel hours in Rochester.

During the annual process, MnDOT crews use fresh water in higher pressure pumps to spray down the gutter lines and joints, while also doing a visual inspection of each bridge, looking for damage that might have occurred from traffic during the winter months. The sand and other material that accumulated over winter are swept up prior to the rinsing.

“We ask that motorists pay attention to the warning signs and lights to make sure we all get home safely,” said Larry Waletzki, MnDOT bridge maintenance supervisor in Rochester. “Motorists will see crews doing this work to make sure the bridges are well-maintained and last for a long time.”

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.

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