Nighttime bridge cleaning work on Highways 52, 63 in Rochester begins June 10
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists will encounter Minnesota Department of Transportation crews overnight June 10-14 on Hwy 52 in Rochester and Hwy 63 between Rochester and Stewartville as more than 30 bridges are cleaned and inspected. Brief delays are expected at some bridges.
The Rochester crew will be conducting overnight work in the Hwy 52 corridor through Rochester, as well as Hwy 63 south to Stewartville. The work begins Sunday, June 10 and runs through Thursday morning, June 14. The daily cleaning begins at 8 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 a.m. the following day. The crew will clean more than 30 bridges in four nights.
Motorists will be alerted to the work using a variety of methods, such as arrow boards and changeable message boards during the nighttime operation. The work areas will be heavily lighted during the nighttime hours. There will be limited flagging operations will occur on areas where the driving lanes are constricted areas such as Sixth Street South, the Hwy 14 west and Civic Center access ramps. In those areas, traffic slowdown are expected
The work is an annual effort to ensure that bridges are cleaned from the winter months and to identify any small maintenance issues to ensure the long life of the structure.
During the process, MnDOT crews use fresh water in high pressure pumps to spray down the gutter lines and joints, while also doing a visual inspection of each bridge, looking for damage and corrosion that might have occurred from traffic and the elements during the winter months. The sand and other material that accumulated during winter is swept up prior to the rinsing.
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, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.