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Jan. 30, 2024

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Tree clearing starts Feb. 5 to prepare for I-90/Hwy 52 bridge replacements

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on Interstate 90 and Highway 52 southeast of Rochester should be alert for crews who are clearing trees from the work zone to prepare for this summer’s I-90/Highway 52 interchange reconstruction, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Trees in the work zone are expected to be cleared by late-February. Vehicles will need to travel through narrowed lanes at times while trucks and equipment are along the shoulder of the road on traffic ramps and the adjacent roads. Motorist should slow down and pay attention through the work zones. Signs and barricades will alert motorists to temporary work in locations through the work zone

The work is in preparation for construction at the interchange at I-90 and Highway 52. Construction for the project is expected to start in July and continue each summer through 2026.

The construction project will:

  • 2024: Construct temporary crossovers lanes and begin new ramps and loops.
  • 2025: Construct new eastbound I-90 bridge, flyover bridge over Hwy 52, and portion of new ramps and loops.
  • 2026: Construct new westbound I-90 bridge and remaining portion of new ramps and loops

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