Head’s Up: Highway 52 North of Rochester to be Closed This Week
A busy stretch of Highway-52 north of Rochester is set to be closed later this week.
If your travels take you along a well-known stretch of Highway-52 north of Rochester, you might want to give yourself some extra time-- especially if you'll be traveling Wednesday night.
That's because a stretch of northbound Highway-52, north of Zumbrota, will be closed as crews continue to work on building a new Highway-60 bridge later this week. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) said Friday that the closure is set to take place from 7 pm until 5 am on Wednesday, September 8th.
The northbound lanes need to be closed so crews can install beams on the east side of the new Highway-60 bridge. The southbound lanes won't be affected... for now, anyway. MnDOT did say, though, that another closure that WILL affect the southbound lanes is set for September 22nd.
Seeing as there aren't too many other routes that will take you from Rochester north to the Twin Cities, MnDOT has provided the following detour, which will be in place while those northbound lanes are closed:
Northbound Hwy 52 motorists will utilize exit/entrance ramps at the Hwy 60 West bridge work zone in Zumbrota. Southbound Hwy 52 will remain open.
5th Street access to and from Hwy 52 northbound ramps at Hwy 60 West bridge will be closed during this timeframe and should use the ramps at Hwy 58 in Zumbrota.
That new nearly 70-million dollar Highway-60 bridge is all part of that massive two-year project that will improve parts of Highway-52 between Zumbrota and Cannon Falls, which is expected to be done in 2023.
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