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News Release
April 20, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Hwy 55 single lane traffic in Rockford begins April 24


ROCKFORD, Minn. – Motorists will encounter delays on both directions of Hwy 55 in Rockford between Ash Street and Hennepin County Road 92 (Dogwood Street) as single lane traffic begins Tuesday, April 24.


Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions through the end of May. Access is available onto all cross streets and to all local businesses. A temporary traffic signal is in place at Hwy 55 and Rebecca Park Trail to help safely direct traffic.


Once the first phase of construction is completed, full closures of Hwy 55 will be in place from early June until early September. Updates will be made in advance of each phase and closure.


Local wildlife
Many motorists who drive along Hwy 55 in Medina have likely had the opportunity to see a bald eagle’s nest on the north side of the roadway. MnDOT and the Hwy 55 project team are committed to the preservation of this proud national symbol, and will be taking proactive steps to ensure minimal disruption to its nest during construction, such as not parking equipment or materials within 330 feet of it.


The Hwy 55 design-build resurfacing project is located in Hennepin and Wright counties between Ash Street in Rockford and just west of Pinto Drive in Medina. Work includes resurfacing Hwy 55 to preserve the lifespan of the roadway and create a smoother drive for motorists, adding turn lanes at various intersections to enhance safety, repairing curb and gutters and drainage structures, and updating accessibility for pedestrians. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.


For more information on the Hwy 55 Design Build project, call the project hotline at 1-855-345-1140, email or visit

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