Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 19, 2017

Hwy 52 & 63 nighttime lane closures planned in Rochester/Stewartville for bridge cleaning

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter Minnesota Department of Transportation crews beginning Sunday, May 21 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, two bridges near 40th Street South on Hwy 63 and 3 bridges in Stewartville. The work begins May 21 and runs through 6:30 a.m., May 25.

Motorists will encounter lane closures and flaggers at some bridges to ensure the safety of motorists and the workers. Cleaning begins at 8 p.m. each night and wraps up at 6:30 a.m. the following day. 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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