Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

April 26, 2013

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Hwy 52 closing April 26-27


Southbound I-35E to Highway 52 ramp closing through May 6


ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Highway 52 motorists may experience delays as both directions of Highway 52 close between I-94 and Concord Street at 8 p.m. Friday, April 26.


Crews will construct a crossover from the existing northbound Lafayette Bridge to the new northbound Lafayette Bridge.  The closure was rescheduled due to weather.


Both directions of Highway 52 will re-open by 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.


NOTE: In addition, the ramp from southbound I-35E to southbound Hwy 52 will remain closed through May 6 as crews make pavement, drainage and curb and gutter improvements to it.


When the Hwy 52 Lafayette Bridge crossover is completed on April 27, all northbound vehicles or vehicle combinations of  35 feet or longer will be prohibited from crossing the Mississippi River on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge and must exit prior to or at Plato Boulevard. 

All Southbound vehicles or vehicle combinations of 35 feet or longer must follow the posted detour: eastbound
I-94 to southbound Hwy 61 to I-494.  

Emergency vehicles will be permitted to use the crossover.

The temporary bypass is being built to accommodate Central Corridor Light Rail Transit’s (CCLRT) construction schedule.

Suggested alternate detour routes:

  • Northbound Hwy 52: Follow eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-94 to Mounds Boulevard to 7th Street.
  • Southbound Hwy 52: Follow 7th Street to Mounds Boulevard to eastbound I-94 to southbound Hwy 61 to westbound I-494.

For more information on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge project: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/lafayettebridge/

For travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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