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Nov. 15, 2022

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Hwy 52 southbound lanes south of Cannon Falls reopen to traffic for winter season

ZUMBROTA, Minn. – The newly reconstructed southbound Highway 52 lanes south of Cannon Falls and the southbound ramps at the new Highway 57 interchange reopened to traffic on Nov. 15, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Highway 52 Zumbrota to Cannon Falls project construction season is wrapping up for the year. It will begin again in April to complete the project in November 2023.

A lane closure on northbound Highway 52 remains in place until striping and other work is completed in the coming days. The lanes on southbound Highway 52 will have lane closures as crews wrap up the tasks related to opening the road.

In 2022, crews reconstructed 6.5 miles of southbound Highway 52 this year and built a new interchange at Highway 57/Goodhue County Road 8. A bridge on southbound Highway 52 at Highway 60 east was replaced earlier this season as well.

The northbound exit and entrance ramps of the interchange and Highway 57/County Road 8 opened Nov. 4.

Project information

MnDOT’s construction project along Highway 52 between Zumbrota and Cannon Falls began July 5, 2021. Year two of construction began April 21, 2022. The project will wrap up the 2022 construction work this month and resume its final year of construction in spring of 2023. To learn more, visit MnDOT’s construction project website. Mathiowetz Construction Company is the prime contractor in this $69.7 million project


Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Go hands-free and minimize other distractions (e.g., don’t eat or drink while driving).
  • Follow posted speed limits; the fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones.