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May 22, 2023

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Brief Highway 52 traffic stoppages, lane closures May 23, 24 for utility crossing work

ZUMBROTA, Minn. – Motorists in both directions on Highway 52 will experience brief traffic stoppages and lane closures Tuesday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 24 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., while Xcel Energy removes and replaces power lines across the highway at Zumbrota,  according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The work involves removing and replacing power lines across Highway 52 between the Highway 58 and Highway 60 west interchanges. Traffic stoppages are expected to be less than 5 minutes in each instance.

Motorists will be directed into a single lane approaching the work zone. It’s expected that traffic will be stopped three times each day by State Patrol vehicles when the power lines are removed and then when the replacements are brought across the highway.

The Highway 52 Zumbrota to Cannon Falls construction project work zone is approximately a mile north of this temporary work zone, so motorists should be alert to additional construction work near this work.

Drivers traveling too fast and not paying attention are the main causes of work zone crashes. Follow these safe driving tips:

  • Obey posted speed limits. The fine for speeding in a work zone is $300.
  • Drive undistracted. Avoid using phones, mobile devices, adjusting the radio – even eating – while in work zones.
  • Move over. Give workers room to safely complete their work.
  • Know before you go. Get real-time information about traffic and road conditions at 511mn.org or download the free 511mn app at Google Play or the App Store.
  • Be patient. Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Do the zipper merge.
  • Avoid making unnecessary lane changes.
  • Never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.
  • Expect work zones to constantly change. Day to day you could experience lane shifts, closures, narrower lanes, moving workers and vehicles.

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