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Jan. 21, 2021

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Traffic delays expected Jan. 21 during Hwy 52 southbound lane closures south of Sixth Street in Rochester for crash investigation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Noon) - Southbound Hwy 52 motorists in Rochester should expect traffic backups and delays Thursday afternoon (Jan. 21) when traffic will be restricted to one lane south of Sixth Street Southwest to allow State Patrol to safely complete an investigation of a pedestrian-vehicle crash from Wednesday (Jan. 20) night, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The closure is expected to begin between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Motorists should plan for traffic delays or seek alternate routes and avoid using southbound Hwy 52 between Second Street Southwest and Apache Mall. All traffic lanes will reopen once the work is completed later Thursday afternoon.

The lane closures are expected to last several hours while State Patrol investigators gather information related to the crash that occurred at 5:38 p.m., Jan. 20. State Patrol reported that a pedestrian was crossing the southbound lanes of Hwy 52 from east to west when struck by a southbound vehicle.

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