Motorists to be switched this week onto new Hwy 58 bridge at Zumbrota
ZUMBROTA, Minn. – Motorists traveling southbound on Highway 58 over Highway 52 in Zumbrota will be switched to the new bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 27 to allow crews to pour concrete, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The work on Wednesday, weather permitting, will let crews pour concrete at an area that divides traffic approaching the roundabouts. Northbound Hwy 58 traffic will be switched to the new bridge later this week.
Access to the businesses on both sides of the bridge remains open.
Once traffic is on the new bridge in both directions, work will continue to complete the project including the demolition of the old bridge, repaving Hwy 52 through the construction zone, completion of other paving and removal of a bypass lane.
The work is part of the replacement of the Hwy 58 bridge over Hwy 52. The project will also improve connections for pedestrians and bicyclists across the bridge, traffic flow off of Hwy 52 and the length of the uphill acceleration lane onto southbound Highway 52. Completion of the project is scheduled for this fall.
Detours for the project remain. Northbound Hwy 52 motorists who want to exit at Hwy 58 will proceed north to the Hwy 60 west exit, cross over Hwy 52 and return southbound on Hwy 52 to the Hwy 58 exit. Hwy 58 motorists who want to enter Hwy 52 southbound will go northbound on Hwy 52 to the Hwy 60 west exit, cross over Hwy 52 and enter southbound Hwy 52 traffic. Southbound Hwy 52 motorists who want to exit at Hwy 58 may use the ramp, as well as the on-ramp for motorists who want to travel northbound on Hwy 52 from Hwy 58.
Hoffman Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wis., is the prime contractor for the $5.6 million project.
Motorists interested in more information, may visit the MnDOT project website at www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy58-bridge/index.html and sign up for email updates on the project.
Motorists should 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 information in Minnesota, call 511, visit www.511mn.org.
A number of construction projects are taking place this summer on the Hwy 52 corridor. To learn more about all of the work, visit the Hwy 52 corridor website: www.dot.state.mn.us/d6/projects/hwy52corridor/index.html