Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

.January 19, 2016

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Look for brief traffic delays Jan. 20 on Highway 52 for CapX2020 north of Zumbrota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter very brief traffic delays on Highway 52 north of Zumbrota on Wednesday, Jan. 20 as crews remove guy wires from the poles being replaced by the new CapX2020 power line, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation and CapX2020.

This work is different from the helicopter work that has been going on in the same area on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, traffic will be briefly stopped beginning around 10 a.m., while the guy wires are removed where they cross Highway 52 in approximately six locations. This work is expected to last into the afternoon. Traffic delays will last approximately 3 minutes at each location.

During the traffic delays, motorists will be directed to one lane in each direction in the area where the work is being done. Motorists will be directed to temporarily stop and then will be released when the roadway is clear.

If weather forces a delay in the work, MnDOT will update with a news release and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast).

For more information about the CapX2020 project, call 1-866-876-2869 or visit www.capx2020.com.

MnDOT urges motorists to follow these recommendations in work zones:
•     Stay alert
•     Watch for signs, equipment and workers
•     Minimize distractions, such as using cell phones, eating or drinking
•     Avoid tailgating
•     Follow posted speed limits and directional signs
•     Stay in one lane while driving through a work zone

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

About the CapX2020 Hampton-North Rochester project
Construction on the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse 345 kV transmission line started north of Rochester in early 2013 and is expected to be complete in 2016. The transmission line will run between the new Hampton substation near Hampton, Minnesota, the new North Rochester substation north of Pine Island. It continues on to cross the Mississippi River near Alma, Wisconsin. Single steel pole structures for the 345 kV line are between 140 and 170 feet tall and spaced 800 to 1,000 feet apart.

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